Wearable EKG Sensor Monitors LongTerm Health

center_img Forget your smartwatch or fitness tracker: Skin electronics are the new wearable.Scientists at the University of Tokyo have created an integrated biomedical sensor system that transmits biometric data from your body to the cloud.Led by Takao Someya, a team from the Graduate School of Engineering designed an integrated system aimed assisting the elderly or infirm.AdChoices广告Its flexible display, lightweight sensor, and wireless communication module make the device ideal for home healthcare patients, and those folks in aging societies who have trouble operating existing machines.“The current aging society requires user-friendly wearable sensors for monitoring patient vitals in order to reduce the burden on patients and family members providing nursing care,” Someya said in a statement.“Our system can serve as one of the long-awaited solutions to fulfill this need,” he continued, “which will ultimately lead to improving the quality of life for many.”The technology, developed in collaboration with Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), consists of a 16-by-24 array of micro LEDs and stretchable wiring mounted on a rubber sheet.Built on a “novel” structure that minimizes stress on hard materials, the device can be extended as far as 45 percent of its original length without damaging the lights and elastic wiring.“Our skin display exhibits simple graphics with motion,” Someya added. “Because it is made from thin and soft materials, it can be deformed freely.”The device can be stretched as far as 45 percent of its original length (via University of Tokyo)According to the University of Tokyo, the nanomesh skin sensor can be work continuously for a week “without causing any inflammation” (which, to me, implies the possibility of rash if worn longer than prescribed).In its current iteration, the product can measure temperature, pressure, and myoelectricity (the electrical properties of muscle); it also successfully recorded an electrocardiogram.Moving forward, researchers hope to refine the performance and reliability of their wearable, increasing its resolution and, eventually, offering more display colors.Someya presented his findings last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.last_img read more

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