“The advent of mobile phones has changed the way we communicate. While these communication tools are getting smaller and smaller, they are still discrete devices that we have to carry with us,” said Someya, a researcher that helped develop the skin. He continues, “What would the world be like if we had displays that could adhere to our bodies and even show our emotions or level of stress or unease? In addition to not having to carry a device with us at all times, they might enhance the way we interact with those around us or add a whole new dimension to how we communicate.”
Human and technology interactions occur on an hourly basis between cars, cell phones, computers, and many many other devices. We carry around miniature computers in our pockets to communicate, while although small, can still be obstructive or become a nuisance with battery limitations and susceptibility to damage. The new ultra-flexible organic photonic-electronic skin promises great advancements in reliability with water resistance and the ability to safely deform, able to conform to almost any surface and be bent or crumpled. The device will have indispensable values in healthcare by displaying critical information right on a patient, without the need for bulky equipment. The device will also make great recreational device as a smartphone or weable device- because who doesn’t want a flexible, stretchable, wearable screen?