These days you can easily balance a laptop in the palm of your hand. If you’ve been alive more than a few decades, then you know that this is a pretty impressive accomplishment. The very first laptops that came out in the 80s weighed more than 20 pounds!
How did we make computers so much more powerful while also make them thinner and lighter at the same time? The answer is flexible circuits. The ability to create circuit boards that can be flexible enough to bend and fold allows today’s manufacturer to turn things like phones and even watches into incredibly powerful computers. They also make products lighter. Remember how big and heavy the first cell phones were?
As flexible circuits get more and more advanced, you can bet that your electronic devices are going to keep losing weight. If only we could all enjoy such an impressive and successful diet!