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Would You Wear a Computer Jacket?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Wearable tech may be hitting a whole new level as advancements in nanomaterials create things like foldable computers. That’s right; thanks to nanomaterials, you could one day find yourself wearing a computer jacket. Or maybe a dapper computer suit.

Kyung-Suk Kim of the Center for Advanced Materials Research at Brown University has been working on how to create folds in nanomaterials that won’t pinch or bind, but will wrinkle instead. Pinches in the material would break the circuits and damage the electronic components, but wrinkles allow for flexibility, and that makes for wearable tech.

Kim’s work is in what he calls ruga, which is Latin for wrinkle.

Ruga isn’t limited to wearable tech. There are numerous applications for the technology, including waterproof coating and use in laboratory settings. But its implications on wearable tech could be huge. For one, durability is a big concern when it comes to, say, creating that computer jacket. Getting caught out in the rain, stuffing it into a bag, or wearing it in extreme temperatures would be ill-advised. All of those scenarios are no good for computers.

With the technology being developed around ruga at Brown University, these everyday obstacles wouldn’t destroy your computer jacket or cause it to short circuit. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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