A physical basis for ambient intelligence: the convergence of biology, polymers and electronics enabling new design approaches to assistive living

Anne Toomey, Raymond Oliver

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Abstract

Innovation in materials drives new technologies - in the 1930’s DuPont and ICI discovered and developed Nylon and Polyethylene polymerisation. Today, a new wave of conjugated conductive polymers is emerging, with electronic properties akin to Silicon with effects & interactions stemming from the electronic configuration within the material allowing them to be programmed, through their electron mobility, yielding conformable logic and memory devices. These active polymers are flexible, lightweight, transparent and solution processable, lending themselves to applications and opportunities in ambient assisted living, driving printed electronics and optoelectronics. This paper outlines the principles and provides initial examples of studies underway afforded by the physical basis for ambient intelligence, pursued through a P3i Design Research Studio.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbient Media and Systems: Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, 2011
EditorsSilvia Gabrielli, Dirk Elias, Kanav Kahol
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer
Pages1-11
Number of pages120
Volume70
ISBN (Print)978-3642239014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Electronic)1867-8211

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