A breakthrough in wearable technology is upon us, with the introduction of an electronic material that is applied directly to the skin - meaning more rigidity and comfortability.
With an aim to reduce the bulky health sensors that are currently used by practitioners, scientists have created a super-thin wearable that has the ability to record data through skin.
The technology, that looks much like a tattoo, is an ideal solution for long-term medical monitoring is supposedly so comfortable that people forgot they were wearing it.
In a paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, scientists applied the Gold nanomesh conductor to twenty participants. The particular type of material used dissolves under water, leaving the electronic part directly on the skin - allowing for bend and wear. Each participant used the wearable for the entire test period without any itchiness, irritation or breakage.
There’s a lot of popularity in the field of wearables research for the purpose of lifestyle monitoring and exercise, but health monitoring is a higher priority.
According to a recent article on the nanotechnology, “almost all kinds of medical monitoring — from measuring brain signals or heart beats — means putting electrodes on the skin. This is fine for the lab, but not convenient if you need to continually monitor these vital signals at home.”
The new system uses a mesh made of a polyvinyl alcohol that is currently used in contact lenses and artificial cartilage. Once the entire thing is placed on the skin, spraying water on the material causes the polyvinyl alcohol to disappear, leaving behind the gold threads as pictured above.
Currently the technology has the ability to power an LED light or transmit data to a laptop. To find out more about the latest in wearable technology, click here.