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Consumer electronics with a twist

Posted: 21 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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By Olga Kharif
The Tech Beat

One good thing that could come out of this economic downturn is an explosion of innovation in consumer electronics. There are signs that the electronics industry may be inching closer to breaking a new frontier and offering flexible consumer electronics.

Just today, researchers from Northwestern University announced they've developed so-called "pop-up" technology to create electronic circuits that can be twisted and stretched by as much as 140%. And a team of Chinese researchers has just unveiled a way to make speakers out of thin and flexible film.

What does it all mean? Thin and flexible is in. The next electronics revolution could involve cell phones that wrap around your wrist, and film-like boom boxes that stick right to your house's curved wall or the fridge.

- Olga Kharif is a BusinessWeek writer.

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