A new class of motion sensors could herald a near future of ubiquitous, fully integrated, and affordable wearable technology.

Researchers from Florida State University developed a class of motion sensors made using buckypaper. The new technology is versatile, and the sensors are affordable to print.

The design could be integrated into bedsheets to monitor quality of sleep, shoes to track step count, and posture or workout clothes to measure intensity of exercise. In the field of soft robotics, the material could facilitate advances in the production of responsive, self-correcting artificial muscles.