Did You Know: Electronic Skin Tracks Heart Rate, Respiration

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The electronic skin will have better trackers, greater flexibility, smaller size, and the ability to glue the self-adhesive patch simply anywhere on the body!

A new electronic skin has been invented by researchers. Electronic Skin will be able to track your heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, and other health-related information. It also wirelessly transmits all this information on your smartphone.

This invention is developed by South Korean and US-based researchers. It has better trackers, a greater flexibility, and a smaller size. And as already mentioned, it can stick to a self-adhesive patch anywhere on the entire body.

The team of researchers is now investigating whether microsystem can also be used in robotics or autonomous navigation. Researchers mentioned in a published journal that, “The wearable contains about 50 components connected by a network of 250 tiny wire coils embedded in protective silicone. The soft material enables it to conform to the body, unlike other hard monitors.”

Electronic Skin: What Can It Do?

The wearable skin can wirelessly send data on body movement and respiration. It also gathers data on any electrical activity marked in the heart, muscles, eyes, and brain, directly to a given smartphone application.

The coils are capable of stretching and contracting like a spring without breaking. They are also configured in a bizarre spider web pattern, which makes sure of the regular and excessive levels of stretchability and bendability in any direction.

Kyung-In Jang, who is a professor at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, stated, “Combining big data and artificial intelligence technologies, the wireless biosensors can be developed into an entire medical system, which allows portable access to the collection, storage, and analysis of health signals and information.”

According to the researchers, the idea here is to make this microsystem stretch the elastic silicone base, while the tiny wire arcs, which are made of gold, chromium, and phosphate, are laid flat onto it.

Jang further explained, “The entire system is powered wirelessly rather than being charged with a battery. The researchers also considered key electrical and mechanical issues to optimize the system’s physical layout such as sensor placement or wire length to minimize signal interference and noise.”


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