Electronics of tomorrow will be imperceptible and will form a seamless link between soft, living beings and the digital world. This new form of ultra-conformable electronics places severe physical requirements on the active components that constitute modern e-skins. Weight and flexibility become key figures of merit for large area electronics such as robotic skin, as they critically influence the mechanical response and perception of the artificial sensory system. With less than 2 µm total thickness, imperceptible electronic foils are light (?3-4 g m - 2 ) and unmatched in flexibility, they are operable with radii of curvature below 5 µm, yet
highly durable and withstand severe crumpling without any performance degradation. These are prerequisites for intimate contact with soft, biological tissue or organs and complex, arbitrarily shaped 3D free forms that enable applications spanning medical, safety, security,
infrastructure, and communication industries.
This talk introduces large-area, ultrathin and lightweight electronic and photonic devices, including solar cells  , light emitting diodes  , active-matrix touch panels  , implantable organic electronics  , imperceptible electronic wraps  and ?sixth-sense? magnetoception  in e-skins. Employed in health care monitoring, such imperceptible sensing and actuating systems ensure the smallest possible discomfort for patients. These large area sensor networks build the framework of an artificial electronic and robotic skin that is not only highly flexible but becomes stretchable and deployable when combined with engineered soft substrates such as elastomers, shape memory polymers or tissue-like hydrogels.
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