Gel-Based Memory Could Be Used to Interface With Cells

In the future computers could have Jello based memory drives. Researchers have developed a new memory device with a "gelatinous consistency." Just don't let Bill Cosby near your Jello flash drive or he will "erase" all your data.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have come up with a new sort of memory device that has a gelatinous consistency and an ability to work in wet environments that give it potential bio-electric applications. There are a couple of pretty revolutionary qualities that differentiate this from your garden-variety memory device. First of all, the gel uses a liquid alloy (gallium and indium) set in the water-based gel for it’s wires instead of, well, wires. This way, the gel can work in wet environments without shorting and is also remarkably flexible. This liquid alloy also transmits data in a non-standard way. Typically, electronics use electrons (go figure) for their binary communications. The gel memory however, uses ions. Basically, the alloy can switch between being resistive and conductive by being exposed to positive and negative charges respectively, which gives you your two values


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