Japanese Scientists Develop Ultrathin, Stretchable And Breathable Electronic Skin

Posted: Feb 19 2018, 7:37am CST | by , Updated: Mar 1 2018, 8:40am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Japanese Scientists Develop Ultrathin, Stretchable and Breathable Electronic Skin

Japanese Scientists Create Very Thin and Flexible Electronic Skin that Shows Vital Signs

An electronic arrangement of extremely thin elastic skin has been made by Japanese researchers. This fits on top of ordinary human skin and shows vital statistics regarding the health and well-being of the patient.

The e-skin is combined with a wireless part that is responsible for communication. It was introduced to the public at an AAAS Meeting in Austin, Texas recently.

This technology was possible thanks to the power of semiconductors. Now wearable gadgets are capable of noting down health markers with ease and economy.

The full information regarding the health status of the patient is transmitted to a smartphone. This is the last in a series of steps which take place seamlessly.

As for the display, it is in waveform and shows clearly what is right or wrong with the patient. The device is ideal for the senescent who have difficulty with regard to mobility.

Now all they need to do is just have someone slip on the electronic skin and they are good to go. This methodology also eases the burden on the health care system and allows for autonomous monitoring for the handicapped and debilitated.

Self-care is indeed the watchword. The e-skin consists of a display with highly changeable form. To this is attached a featherweight sensor. The signals can go to an ECG or be stored in a cloud computing unit.

This special sort of artificial skin is composed of a 16 X 24 matrix of micro LEDs. Besides this, there is a mesh of elastic wires that defines the structure. The simplest of graphic details along with motion is shown on the e-skin.

You can stretch it upto 45% its original dimensions which is indeed remarkable. It also happens to be immune to breakdown. This e-skin can be worn on the original natural skin for upto seven days without the need for it to be taken off.

This latest research by a Japanese academic-industrial collaboration, led by Professor Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Engineering, is slated for a news briefing and talk at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas on February 17th.

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