The interesting fact about consumer products is that we often know what is going to be in the future; new scientific advancements often take time to propagate through to the consumer market. However, we often do not know which features or technologies will take prevalence or in what form. Marketing and aesthetic design is just as important as technology. A new technology developed recently is self healing circuits developed by researchers Scott White, Nancy Sottos, and Jeffery Moore,  at the University of Illinois. Once a circuit connection is broken, these connections self heal, with a majority of broken connections retaining the original conductivity. These could be very useful in reducing costs of circuits as well as increasing redundancy.  The circuitry is still a long way until it is develops and becomes useful on the consumer market, but it is promising in that we may have very redundant circuits in the future.



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