This month the research team, led by John A. Rogers of UIUC and Yonggang Huang of Northwestern has found a way of embedding hard chips inside skin-soft patches that are capable of moving and stretching with the skin.
The new stretchable skin chips used in the device are made of silicon with a plastic casing, together with a thin membrane made of silicone rubber that encloses the chips. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the new stretchy minitoring patches project and see it in action.
The device is also equipped with an origami-inspired design for constructing the electrical wiring, to make sure the device doesn’t break while stretching with the skin. Populr Science explains :
“Moving forward, the team hopes to improve the device’s ability to cope with overstretching, and to develop biochemical sensors for the device. For example, the ability to sample sweat coming out of the skin and being able to do chemical analysis on that sweat on the spot can open up a whole new range in the realm of health monitoring.
Professor Rogers is a co-founder of MC10, an electronics startup company responsible for pursuing commercialization for the device, and he hopes to unveil a commercial product within two years.”
For more information on the new stretchy monitoring patch jump over to the Popular Science website for details.
Source: Popular Science
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