Wearable electronic badge to monitor and treat individuals with certain diseases
Wearable sensor devices that look like a stretchable bandage may soon be available to monitor and treat individuals with certain diseases. Researchers are first targeting muscle disorders, but wearable electronics may eventually be designed for other health conditions. The wearable health monitoring device, developed by Korean engineers and described in Nature Nanotechnology, looks like a small adhesive bandage with grids of shiny nanowires and other materials on the bottom, closest to the skin.
The prototype monitor can be worn on the wrist, continuously gathering and storing physiological activity for up to one week. Medications embedded in a silica interface within the flexible electronic device would be administered as necessary. Researchers envision using the flexible monitor initially to treat people with Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy.