European researchers have discovered a method of creating wearable sensors by adding graphene to shop-bought rubber bands. Graphene makes the rubber electrically conductive, opening up a host of possibilities. The sensors could be used in medicine (to monitor blood pressure/glucose, respiration), in the automotive industry (sensitive airbags), in robotics, etc.

The team participates in the ambitious EU Graphene Flagship and is led by Prof. Jonathan Coleman, a researcher funded by the European Research Council , the premier blue-sky funding agency in Europe. European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "Europe is the place to lead innovative research and develop news technologies. Graphene has the potential to improve people's life and boost our industry. This is the EU investing in the future. We congratulate Professor Coleman and his team for this new discovery".

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