"We are trying to reshape electronics to advance the quality of life," said David Icke, CEO of MC10 at a special FutureMed-organized event on the evening of February 10. Icke explained that his company was working to free "electronics from the tyranny of rigid wafers," enabling them to interface with soft tissue.
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While the exponential pace of development has enabled phenomenal gains in computing power, modern electronics are typically rigid and packaged into boxy devices. It is certainly true that the mobile paradigm has changed how (and how often) we interact with electronic devices, but Icke predicts that further changes are on the horizon and that the next big trend will be conformable electronics.
MC10 is working to hasten that transformation. "We are trying to take electronics out of the proverbial box and interface them with the body," he said at the event. "Flexible electronics have been around for a long time but not at the microelectronics level with the performance you need to really enable a new world of wearable devices and medical devices." MC10 is working to enable that new world by developing electronics that stretch and expand with the body. The technology can be used on the body, and even inside of the body.