Saturday, August 21, 2004

I Have Two Words For You: 'Metal...Rubber.'

Public Service Announcement!

Coming Soon To A
Retailer Near You!

As a public service announcement, from time to time we here at the 'I Read It On The Internet' blog like to keep our readers up to date with the latest and greatest technology on the horizon. And what could be later or greater than what those crazy kids over at are coming up with!

The idea of creating bendable, flexible, electricity-conductible metal rubber is just wacky enough to get our attention hear at the Irioti blog.

Here it is in a nutshell...

A Limber Future

By Laura Allen

"Terrible, horrible things can be done to this millimeters-thick patch of shimmering material crafted by chemists at NanoSonic in Blacksburg, Virginia. Twist it, stretch it double, fry it to 200°C, douse it with jet fuel—the stuff survives. After the torment, it snaps like rubber back to its original shape, all the while conducting electricity like solid metal. “Any other material would lose its conductivity,” says Jennifer Hoyt Lalli, NanoSonic’s director of nanocomposites.

The abused substance is called Metal Rubber, and, according to NanoSonic, its particular properties make it unique in the world of material chemistry. As a result, the company’s small office has been flooded with calls from Fortune 500 companies and government agencies eager to test Metal Rubber’s use in everything from artificial muscles to smart clothes to shape-shifting airplane wings."

With investor interest booming, Metal Rubber could make its commercial debut within a year or so. Although shape-shifting aircraft wings and sensory robotic gloves are on the horizon, Metal Rubber will probably appear first in more humble, practical roles. Abuse-resistant flexible circuits and wires, for instance, could allow you to do terrible, horrible things to your portable electronics—consequence-free.

I first found out about Metal Rubber in an this article at Popular Science and immediately realized that if ever there was a company to invest in...Nanosonic is the one!

If Hollywood ever decides to do a remake of 'The Graduate', I can see it now: During the party scene where Benjamin is doing his best to avoid all of his parent's obnoxious friends, he is sidelined by one of his dad's bud's, and he has one word for Benjamin. Well, make that two words. "Metal...Rubber" Of course, Benjamin, being the horny college graduate that he is, might think he was talking about something else!

Therefore, as my public service announcement for the day, the next time you are trying to decide where to invest your cold, hard cash, think Nanosonic!
Nanosonic!! Nanosonic!!! Nanosonic!!!

Someday soon these people will own the globe!

"Personally, I think it's a Brilliant idea!"


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