【新型薄膜材料,让可穿戴式设备变得更好看】

【新型薄膜材料,让可穿戴式设备变得更好看】芬兰公司Canatu的专家们发明了一种可延展的透明导电膜,使用自主研发的材料开发的碳类材料Carbon NanoBuds,可以将任何平面变成接触式传感器,拉伸性、柔韧性极强,更敏感,可实现任何立体形状。对于可穿戴设备来说,这种材料无意是工业设计的好 帮手,可以使设备变的更好看。

原文链接:http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/canatu-carbon-nanobud-flexible-touch-screen-film/

This clever new touch sensitive film could revolutionize wearable tech design

Finnish touchscreen experts at Canatu have perfected a flexible, transparent film that could turn just about any surface into a touch sensor. Canatu calls the new material Carbon NanoBuds, and it’s made using a complex hybridization process which overcomes problems previously associated with using nanotubes to create flexible, touch sensitive surfaces.The result is a film which can stretch and flex over almost anything you can think of, ultimately turning it into a touch sensitive surface. Even when the Carbon NanoBud film is wrapped around something like a cable, performance barely changes. This opens up the possibility of touch sensitive headphone cables, touch controls on a curving car dashboard, or anywhere a physical button is inconvenient or impossible to place.Canatu Carbon NanoBud Car

Because of this, Canatu envisages Carbon NanoBud technology being used on smart watches and other wearable devices, where flowing, curved designs are aesthetically important, but often technologically challenging. Canatu’s film can bend, flex, and fold around edges, potentially freeing designers to make better looking wearable products.

According to the MIT Technology Review, manufacturers have been experimenting with carbon nanotubes to create more flexible touchscreens for some time, but due to poor conductivity and an expensive manufacturing process, the research hasn’t flourished. Canatu’s hybrid film solves the problem of conductivity, and it claims to have found a way to make them cheaply. It has already invested in equipment to make enough film to cover hundreds of thousands of smartphones per month, and in 2015, expects to increase the output to millions.

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The report notes only one drawback, saying the Carbon Nanbud film isn’t suitable for “very large screens,”  due to reduced sensitivity, but doesn’t state whether that means a tablet or a television. Canatu’s staying quiet about any mobile industry partnerships, but we’re hoping that’ll change in the near future.


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