Japan has a large ageing population, with many senior citizens living there who need to be cared for. The numbers will climb even higher in the months and years to come. So they are coming up with new ways to care for them.
Diapers need to be changed and it is not always easy to know when someone has soiled their diaper. What if you could be alerted by the diaper when the time comes to change it? That would be great. And the older person won’t have to sit in discomfort either, waiting for someone to help.
A research team from the University of Tokyo has shown off the first flexible and disposable organic sensor in the world. This sensor can be integrated into a smart diaper, which will then send a wireless alert to a specific number should it require changing. All of the flexible integrated circuits have been printed on a plastic film. It transmits information as well as receives without wires. This will be great for the health care industry as a whole. Not just in Japan. Hopefully we see them in use soon.