Virtually Invisible Biostamp Now A Reality
A lot wearable electronics these days seem interesting, even life changing, but most still look and feel awkward and clunky.
What if a new industry could provide postage stamp size sensors or “biostamps” that could be worn by babies, the elderly, athletes and even animals, allowing real time monitoring and management of people’s health and vital signs so they visit a doctor only when and if needed?
The device would be stretchable and bendable and contain high-performance microelectronics and detect neurological disorders, hydration levels, heart rate, body temperature, and even organ and body part health.
In fact, the industry, conformal electronics, has arrived and it is being led by a company called MC10 whose most notable achievement is the creation of the Reebok Checklight skullcap that monitors athletes for signs of concussion.
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Wired magazine has called MC10, a Cambridge Massachusetts company, a “Wonka Factory of crazy electronic concepts” and the New York Times reported that MC10 products will allow us to “see inside ourselves as never before with wearable, even internal sensors that monitor our most intimate biological processes.”
MC10 has won a plethora of the words: World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2013; Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup Finalist 2013/14; MIT Technology Reviews 50 Disruptive Companies and Innovators Under 35 2013; and International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Best of Innovations 2014.
The following video shows a swimmer diving into a swimming pool with several biostamps on her body and then, after finishing her workout, checking her iPad for information produced by the sensors during her swim.
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References and related links:
- MC10 Selected as a 2013 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum – Printed Electronics Now
- MC10 – Company Information, Digital Health, HIT, Digital Health Devices, Mobile Healthcare mHealth Apps & Devices
- Technology and Applications of High-Performance, Conformal Electronics: IDTechEx