The Pentagon recently contributed $75 million to an initiative called “Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Hub” in Silicon Valley. According to PARC, the market for flexible electronics is growing exponentially and is expected to reach $45 billion globally by 2016. “Flexible electronics are lightweight, rugged, bendable, rollable, portable, and potentially foldable.”

FDAnews reports that the supported initiative aims to develop technology that would replicate skin on wounded troops abroad, or be used in situations with limited medical care, such as ships and aircraft. The Pentagon’s collaboration is part of an Obama administration attempt to increase innovation and investment in the industry, while uniting Silicon Valley with the Defense Department.

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