Wearable Technology: See Your Heartbeat on Your Hand

By: | March 6th, 2018

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have made a big breakthrough in the field of wearable technology. They developed a highly flexible electronic skin display that can show the moving waveform of an electrocardiogram.

This ultrathin, elastic display allows you to monitor vitals, such as your temperature, pulse pressure, electrocardiogram, and myoelectricity (the electrical properties of muscle), at a glance.

Made from nanomesh, the display snugly fits on the skin. It is flexible and stretchable (can stretch up to 45 percent of its original size). Each display contains a setup of 16 x 24 micro-LEDs.

An integrated biomedical sensor system called “skin electronics” transmits biometric data from your body to the cloud. Your information can also be sent directly to a medical specialist for an expert opinion.

This wearable technology is perfect for the elderly or infirm

It is flexible, lightweight, and is wireless, making it ideal for home health care patients, and those who have trouble operating existing machines.

Takao Someya who led the research team, said, “The current aging society requires user-friendly wearable sensors for monitoring patient vitals in order to reduce the burden on patients and family members providing nursing care.”

“Our system could serve as one of the long-awaited solutions to fulfill this need, which will ultimately lead to improving the quality of life for many.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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