With the continuous advancement of science and technology, electronic products, especially wearable devices, are getting smaller and softer. This trend also extends to the field of medical equipment. Scientists have been working hard to develop new smaller, softer, and smarter medical devices. After being well integrated with the human body, these soft and elastic devices will not look abnormal from the outside after being implanted or used. From cool smart tattoos to long-term implants that allow paralyzed patients to stand up again, the following technologies may soon be applied.
“When you have used something similar to a band-aids, you will find that it is like a part of your body. You have no feeling at all, but it is still working.” This is perhaps the most easy-to-understand description of smart tattoo products. This type of tattoo is also called a bio-seal, contains a flexible circuit, can be powered wirelessly, and is flexible enough to stretch and deform with the skin. These wireless smart tattoos can solve many current clinical problems and have many potential applications. Scientists are currently paying attention to how to use it for intensive neonatal care and sleep experiment monitoring.
Joseph Wang, professor of nanoengineering at the University of California, USA, has developed a futuristic sensor. He is the director of the San Diego Wearable Sensor Center. This sensor can provide valuable fitness and medical information by detecting sweat, saliva and tears.
Previously, the team also developed a tattoo sticker that can continuously detect blood sugar levels, and a flexible detection device that can be placed in the mouth to obtain uric acid data. These data usually require finger blood or venous blood tests to obtain, which is very important for patients with diabetes and gout. The team stated that they are developing and promoting these emerging sensor technologies with the help of some international companies.
Post time: Sep-18-2021