|archmage||Date: Wednesday, 17-August-2011, 11:39 AM | Message # 1|
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|A tiny, wireless patch of "electronic skin" could one day be used to monitor a patient's vital signs like temperature and heart rate and help heal wounds. |
Eliminating the bulky wiring and electrodes used in current monitors would make the devices more comfortable for patients, according to an international team of researchers who reported their findings in the journal Science.
"What we are trying to do here is to really reshape and redefine electronics ... to look a lot more like the human body, in this case the surface layers of the skin," said John A. Rogers of the University of Illinois. "The goal is really to blur the distinction between electronics and biological tissue."
The researchers embedded electronic sensors in a film thinner than the diameter of a human hair, which was placed on a polyester backing like those used for the temporary tattoos popular with children. The result was a sensor that was flexible enough to move with the skin and would adhere without adhesives.
Full article/source - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technol....ds.html