Self repairing electronics are on the way

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Self repairing electronics are on the way

ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2011)— When one tiny circuit within an integrated chip cracks or fails, the whole chip -- or even the whole device -- is a loss. But what if it could fix itself, and fix itself so fast that the user never knew there was a problem?
The Illinois team previously developed a system for self-healing polymer materials and decided to adapt their technique for conductive systems. They dispersed tiny microcapsules, as small as 10 microns in diameter, on top of a gold line functioning as a circuit. As a crack propagates, the microcapsules break open and release the liquid metal contained inside. The liquid metal fills in the gap in the circuit, restoring electrical flow.

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Does this new technology

Does this new technology come with a free Sarah Conner?

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They - maybe not this team,

They - maybe not this team, but some team, somewhere - has been working on this idea since the mid-80s and possibly sooner.  It was floated as an idea in "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream", March 1967.



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Has something to do with

Has something to do with microscopic nanobots.  This has been proposed a few years ago for medical technology and I hope they get the ball rolling soon.

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