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Researchers morph a paper mill history in Kalamazoo into a printed electronics future

Researchers morph a paper mill history in Kalamazoo into a printed electronics future

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — This small Midwestern town once known for its paper mills is writing a new chapter as a pioneer in printed electronics. A novel graduate program at Western Michigan University is incubating a handful of projects that are already spawning fledgling startup companies. One of the most promising of these is SafeSense LLC. Graduate students developed a pressure sensor printed on organic plastics so it can cover the inside of a helmut. The sensor aims to measure the impact of a bomb blast on a soldier or a tackle on a football player. Data can be relayed over Bluetooth to a smartphone so a team leader will instantly know the severity of an impact. It also can be stored to provide a complete history. At least two companies currently target this application, but they use an array of solid state sensors that don't cover the entire surface of a helmut. Thanks to s...

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