These futuristic skin electronics can monitor your health remotely

What if there was a way to measure your body’s health and vital statistics immediately? What if your doctor could monitor your health from thousands of miles away?

Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering are working to develop solutions to these questions as they develop a variety of human-friendly skin electronics.

The research team successfully developed a highly elastic array of nanomesh electrodes that can monitor health conditions and vital statistics by simply being pasted on the skin.

The on-skin sensors are ultra-thin, lightweight, stretchable, and breathable. As a result, they can be worn continuously on the skin for a week without causing any irritation or discomfort.

In addition to sensors, the researches developed a skin display that consists of a 24×16 array of micro LEDs that can display simple graphics and depict motion.

The sensor display is made of extremely thin and soft material that adapts to the wearer’s movement.

The researchers demonstrated this innovative technology by using the skin display to show a real time electrocardiogram (a display of a person’s heartbeat) that was measured by the nanomesh electrodes.

When combined with a wireless communication module, the data can be instantaneously transferred to a medical cloud. From there, medical professionals can monitor a patient’s health and vitals remotely.

The researchers mentioned that their goal is to improve the quality of human life with their skin electronic technologies. By implementing these cutting-edge technologies in a healthcare context, they will certainly realize their goal.

 

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