A global team, led by John Rogers of the University of Illinois, have been able to modify the process of making computer chips to create LED meshes. These LED meshes can be put onto a range of different surface from tin foil, paper, even leaves. This new LED system can go to the extreme of having lights installed under the skin which can be stretched and twisted.
This means these LED lights can also be used for:
- diagnostic tattoos to monitor wounds
- used for photodynamic drug therapy (this is a treatment where a drug is activated when it is exposed to light. It is used to destroy nearby cells treating precancerous and certain cancer cells).
- high tech surgical gloves
- wearable light sources
- applied to the surfaces of robots
- decorative tattoos
- plus much more