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Biotech Innovations
October 10, 2017

Skin-like Wearable Health Monitors

JAMA. 2017;318(14):1314. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.14440

Writing in Nature Communications, an international team of researchers recently described an “electronic skin” microsystem that could be used in soft, wearable wireless health trackers.

Northwestern University biomedical engineer and materials scientist John A. Rogers, PhD, said the system is a thin, “spider-web” of self-assembling 3 dimensional microcoils that act as tiny springs and electrical connections between a set of small electronic chips, all of which is embedded in a soft, silicone matrix that adheres to the skin with a biocompatible adhesive. The Bluetooth-enabled system, which is about as big as a Band-Aid and just as flexible, can send data to smartphones.

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