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(August 20, 2004) – Researchers at the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have invented a “smart” brick, which is equipped with sensors and other electronic components designed to make structures safer. The sensors track temperature, vibration, and movement, employing wireless technology to deliver the data to a remote computer.
"We are living with more and more smart electronics all around us, but we still live and work in fairly dumb buildings," remarks Chang Liu, a researcher with university.
Networks comprised of multiple bricks could monitor a building's structural stability during a fire, earthquake, or other disaster as well identify walls in need of repair. Before the smart bricks make it into residential and commercial buildings, researchers want to compress the components onto a single chip adhered to flexible plastic to achieve versatility and resilience.
Source: Christian Science Monitor (08/19/04); Borchardt, John K.
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