Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at University of Texas at Austin, invented a method for producing inexpensive and high-performing wearable patches that can continuously monitor the body’s vital signs for human health.
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Can also record performance tracking, potentially outperforming traditional monitoring tools such as cardiac event monitors.
Led by Assistant Professor Nanshu Lu, the team’s manufacturing method aims to construct disposable tattoo-like health monitoring patches for the mass production of epidermal electronics, a popular technology that Lu helped develop in 2011.
Prof. Nanshu Lu, said:
“One of the most attractive aspects of epidermal electronics is their ability to be disposable. If you can make them inexpensively, say for $1, then more people will be able to use them more frequently. This will open the door for a number of mobile medical applications and beyond.”
Deji Akinwande, an associate professor and materials expert in the Cockrell School, explains:
“These initial prototype patches can be adapted to roll-to-roll manufacturing that can reduce the cost significantly for mass production. In this light, Lu’s invention represents a major advancement for the mobile health industry.”