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Electronic stickers to streamline large-scale 'Internet of Things'

As society moves toward connecting all objects to the internet -- even furniture and office supplies -- the technology that enables these objects to communicate and sense each other will need to scale up. Researchers have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the associated costs, but also allows any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker. The new fabrication technique, called "transfer printing," cuts down manufacturing costs by using a single wafer to build a nearly infinite number of thin films holding electronic circuits. Instead of high temperatures and chemicals, the film can peel off at room temperature with the energy-saving help of simply water. Eventually, these stickers could also facilitate wireless communication.

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