Breakthrough Material Could Turn Your T-Shirt Into A Touchscreen Panel

Newly created substance will revolutionize wearable electronic devices.

Yi Chen
Yi Chen on May 4, 2012. @yiiee

A team of researchers from the University of Exeter have created a revolutionary material adapted from graphene. The innovation called ‘GraphExeter’ is only one-atom thick and is claiming to be “the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity.” The material can be sandwiched between non-electrical objects and turn them into devices. What this essentially means is that a t-shirt can be embedded with a touchscreen MP3 player, or the sleeve of a jacket contains a digital watch. The possibilities are endless for wearable electronics.

Dr. Monica Craciun, lead researcher, explains that:

GraphExeter could revolutionize the electronics industry. It outperforms any other carbon-based transparent conductor used in electronics and could be used for a range of applications, from solar panels to ‘smart’ t-shirts.

University of Exeter