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Stick e-skin on baby to check its health

Stick e-skin on baby to check its health

Japan team builds an electronic skin that monitors health conditions by displaying the message. This integrated biomedical sensor system called "skin electronics" combines a wireless communication module and an LED display. The new display comes with a promise of easing the strain on home healthcare systems in aging societies through continuous, non-invasive health monitoring and self-care at home.

Professor Takao Someya and his team from the University of Tokyo have developed a device that can be stuck on the body like a second skin, reported AFP.

Also impressive is the fact that the sensor can pair with a smartphone for storing the biometric data and even transmitting it to the cloud. The readings or electrocardiogram waveforms can be displayed on the screen in real time, or sent to the cloud or a memory device where the information is stored.

The device is composed of a soft, flexible material that's actually an ultra-thin LED display, consisting of a 16 x 24 array of micro LEDs and stretchable wiring mounted on a 1 millimetre thick rubber sheet. The display is stretchable by as much as 45 percent of its original length.

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The patch can be stretched to a maximum of 45% of its original length, and it's created to be much more resistant to wear and tear than previous skin displays.

The nanomesh skin sensor can be worn on the skin continuously for a week without causing any inflammation.

To mimic the elasticity of skin, the developers designed the material to minimise stress resulting from stretching where the soft material of the mount and elastic wiring meet the hard material of the micro LEDs. "Because this device can stretch, we now can paste a display on things with complex shapes, like skin", Someya added.

"Applying these methods will likely accelerate the commercialisation of the display and help keep down future production costs", the developers said.


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