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Application No.: 10/825,787 
AMENDMENTS TO THE CLAIMS 
1. (Currentiy Amended) A stretchable electronic apparatus, the apparatus 
having a central longitudinal axis and the apparatus being stretchable in a 
longitudinal direction generally aligned with the central longitudinal axis, 
comprising: 

a solid stretchable polymer body made entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane), 
said solid stretchable polymer body made entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane) 
having a polymer body longitudinal axis that is concurrent with the central 
longitudinal axis of the apparatus, 

at least one microchannel in said solid stretchable polymer body made 
entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane), said at least one microchannel having a 
microchannel longitudinal axis that is concurrent with the central longitudinal 
axis of the apparatus, a microchannel longitudinal component that extends in the 
longitudinal direction, and aft a microchannel offset component that is at an 
angle to the longitudinal direction, and 

a an electrically conductive media contained in said at least one 
microchannel, wherein said at least one microcharmel and said electrically 
conductive media form 

at least one electronic circuit line operatively connected to said solid 
stretchable polymer body made entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane), said at least 
one electronic circuit line extending in the longitudinal direction and having 

a circuit line longitudinal component that extends in the longitudinal 
direction and having 

&pt a circuit line offset component that is at an angle to the longitudinal 
direction. 



said circuit line longitudinal component and said circuit line offset 
component allowing the apparatus to stretch in the longitudinal direction while 
maintaining the integrity of said at least one circuit line. 

2. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line is S-shaped. 

3. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line is sawtooth shaped. 

4. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electroruc apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line is sawtooth shaped with the sawtooth having 
adjacent segments and said adjacent segments are at an angle of 45° to each 
other. 

5. (Original) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein said 
at least one circuit line is sawtooth shaped with the sawtooth having rounded 
corners. 

6. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line is in the form of an S-shaped channel. 

7. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line is in the form of a serpentine channel. 

8. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line is in the form of a sawtooth 

9. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said stretchable polymer body is silicone. 

10. (Previously Presented) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 
wherein said solid stretchable polymer body made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane) comprises cast poly (dime thy Isiloxane). 

11. (Currently Amended) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 
wherein said electrically conductive media comprises electrically conductive ink. 

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12. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line comprises a conductive wire. 

13. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line comprises a conductive micron-scale wire. 

14. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line comprises a conductive metal paste. 

15. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line comprises a photolytic metal material. 

16. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electroruc apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line comprises a conductive polymer. 

17. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said at least one circuit line comprises a fluidic circuit line. 

18. (Previously Presented) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 
wherein said solid stretchable polymer body made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane) comprises a microcable made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane). 

19. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic apparatus of claim 1 wherein 
said stretchable polymer body comprises an electronic device. 

20. (Currently Amended) A stretchable electronic circuit, the circuit 
having a central longitudinal axis, comprising: 

a solid stretchable and flexible polymer body made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane), said solid stretchable and flexible polymer body made 
entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane) having a polymer body longitudinal axis that 
is concurrent with the central longitudinal axis of the circuit, 

at least one microcharmel in said solid stretchable polymer body made 
entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane), said at least one microcharmel having a 
microchannel longitudinal axis that is concurrent with the central longitudinal 



axis of the apparatus, a longitudinal component that extends in the longitudinal 
direction, and an offset component that is at an angle to the longitudinal 
direction, and 

a an electrically conductive media contained in said at least one 
microchannel, wherein said at least one microchannel and said a an electrically 
conductive media form 

at least one electronic circuit line operatively connected to said flexible 
polymer substrate, said at least one electronic circuit line having 

a component that is aligned with the central longitudinal axis of the 
circuit and 

wherein said longitudinal component and said offset component allowing 
the circuit to stretch in the longitudinal direction while maintaining the integrity 
of said at least one circuit line. 

21. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line is S-shaped. 

22. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line is sawtooth shaped. 

23. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line is sawtooth shaped with the sawtooth having adjacent 
segments and said adjacent segments are at an angle of 45° to each other. 

24. (Original) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said at 
least one circuit line is sawtooth shaped with the sawtooth having rounded 
corners. 

25. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electroruc circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line is in the form of an S-shaped channel. 

26. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line is in the form of a serpentine channel. 

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27. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line is in the form of a sawtooth 

28. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
flexible polymer substrate is silicone. 

29. (Previously Presented) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 
wherein said solid flexible polymer body made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane) comprises cast poly(dimethylsiloxane). 

30. (Currently Amended) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 
wherein said electrically conductive media comprises electrically conductive ink. 

31. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line comprises a conductive wire. 

32. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line comprises a conductive micron-scale wire. 

33. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line comprises a conductive polymer. 

34. (Withdrawn) The stretchable electronic circuit of claim 20 wherein said 
at least one circuit line comprises a fluidic circuit line. 

35. (Currently Amended) A method of producing a stretchable electronic 
device having a central longitudinal axis and being stretchable in a longitudinal 
direction generally aligned with the central longitudinal axis, comprising the 
steps of: 

providing a solid stretchable polymer body made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane), 

assuring that said solid stretchable polymer body made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane) has a polymer body longitudinal axis that is concurrent 
with the central longitudinal axis of the electronic device; &b4 



providing at least one microchannel in said solid stretchable polymer 
body made entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane) with said at least one 
microchannel having a microchannel longitudinal axis that is concurrent with the 
central longitudinal axis of the device, a longitudinal component that extends in 
the longitudinal direction, and an offset component that is at an angle to the 
longitudinal direction, and 

filling said at least one microchannel with a an electrically conductive 
media to assure that 

said stretchable polymer body has a circuit line longitudinal component 
that extends in the longitudinal direction, and 

said stretchable polymer body has a circuit line offset component that is at 
an angle to the longitudinal direction, 

said longitudinal component and said offset component allowing the 
device to stretch in the longitudinal direction while maintaining the integrity of 
said circuit line longitudinal component and said circuit line offset component. 

36. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 35 wherein said stretchable 
polymer body is silicone. 

37. (Previously Presented) The method of claim 35 wherein said step of 
providing a solid stretchable polymer body made entirely of 
poly(dimethylsiloxane) comprises casting a solid stretchable polymer body made 
entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane). 

38. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 35 wherein said steps of applying to 
said stretchable polymer body a circuit line longitudinal component that extends 
in the longitudinal direction and applying to said stretchable polymer body a 
circuit line offset component that is at an angle to the longitudinal direction, 
comprises producing three-dimensional microfluidic channels in said stretchable 
polymer body. 

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39. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 38 including the step of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic charmels with a conductive material. 

40. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 38 including the step of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic channels with a conductive metal. 

41. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 38 including the step of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic channels with a conductive polymer. 

42. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 38 including the step of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic channels with a fluid to form a fluidic circuit. 

43. (Withdrawn) The method of daim 38 including the step of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic channels with conductive ink. 

44. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 43 including the step of curing said 
conductive ink to produce embedded conducting networks within said 
stretchable polymer body. 

45. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 44 wherein said step of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic charmels with said conductive ink comprises 
injecting said conductive ink into said three-dimensional microfluidic channels. 

46. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 45 wherein said step of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic channels with said conductive ink comprises 
injecting said conductive ink into said three-dimensional microfluidic charmels 
using a syringe. 

47. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 45 wherein said steps of filling said 
three-dimensional microfluidic channels with said conductive ink comprises 
using a vacuum to draw said conductive ink through said three-dimensional 
microfluidic channels. 

48. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 35 wherein said steps of applying to 
said stretchable polymer body a circuit line longitudinal component that extends 
in the longitudinal direction and applying to said stretchable polymer body a 



circuit line offset component that is at an angle to the longitudinal direction, 
comprises using a stamp to place said conductive ir\k in a desired pattern on said 
stretchable polymer body. 

49. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 35 wherein steps of applying to said 
stretchable polymer body a circuit line longitudinal component that extends in 
the longitudinal direction and applying to said stretchable polymer body a 
circuit line offset component that is at an angle to the longitudinal direction, 
comprises uses photolithography. 

50. (Previously Presented) The method of claim 35 wherein said step of 
providing a solid stretchable polymer body comprises providing a solid micro 
cable made entirely of poly(dimethylsiloxane). 

51. (Withdrawn) The method of claim 35 wherein said stretchable 
polymer body is an electronic device.