World's First Patch To Monitor Biochemical Electrical Body Signals

Posted: May 23 2016, 10:19am CDT | by , Updated: May 23 2016, 10:33am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
World's First Patch to Monitor Biochemical Electrical Body Signals
The ChemPhys patch can be worn on the chest, near the base of the sternum, and communicates wirelessly with a smartphone, smart watch or laptop. Credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego
  • Engineers develop first flexible, wearable device called "Chem-Phys patch" that monitors both biochemical and electric signals in the human body at the same time.

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A series of new directions have been taken by scientists with the introduction of a versatile, wearable gadget resembling a tricoder.

A bunch of engineers have manufactured the first-ever wearable device with flexibility that can track biochemical signs and electrical signals in the human body in a jiffy.

Termed the Chem-Phys Patch, it notes down EKG heart signals and is also sensitive to levels of lactate in the blood. This latter is a marker of the amount of effort expended by the person on a physical plane.

This gizmo is worn like a pendant on the chest and sends signals without any intermediating physical structure to an iPhone, iWatch or iPad. It could serve multiple functions.

Sportsmen could monitor their playing time in the field while physicians could look into the heart health of their patients. The product was made thanks to the infinite pains taken by nanoengineers and electrical engineers.

Its sensors are very flexible in nature. Also a mini electronic board is present within the context of the device. The contraption can send signals via Bluetooth too.

The sensors and chemical components of the device required extra effort. As for the electronics and data relay parts, they were built by a separate team of researchers.

This proves that behind creation lies cooperation. To be able to wear a tricoder device that measures physical, chemical and electrical signals at the drop of a hat was the ultimate goal here.

The device continues sending and receiving signals throughout the course of the day. Most of the wearable devices on the market tend to measure a single set of biological signs. Yet here we are with this device which has multiple applications.

Pedometers measure the number of steps taken by a person while walking. Heart rate monitors measure the number of heartbeats per minute in an individual.

Yet this device even calculates such complex functions as the levels of lactate in the blood. The gap between single function trackers and multiple function trackers is being bridged here. For all purposes the mission has been a success.

The sensitive sensors do their job very well and we have the concluding effect that an athlete could improve his performance. Or a patient could improve his health via this device.

The benefits are myriad. Especially in the field of cardiology, the uses of this device are so many that we cannot exhaust the list in the space of this article. Just to think that all it took was precision engineering and the latest cutting-edge technology.

Chem-Phys patch has been described today in the May 23 issue of Nature Communications.

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