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Body Bioelectronics: 5 Technologies that could flex with you

#Cosmoread: No more tough breaks. Or implanted in some cases – in – our body as “smart” electronics get smaller and softer, scientists new medical devices that can be applied to develop. And the soft and ready to spread tools because they are the perfect blend, should not your skin crawl, experts say.

Wearable Electronic Patches
Wearable Electronic Patches

We based electronics in harsh and soft, want to address the mismatch between the dynamic human body, Nanshu Lu, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, an assistant professor.

Lu, the first John Rogers, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a soft material and electronics expert studied, stretchable Bioelectronics research focuses on. Lu and his colleagues, the electronic skin patch called epidermal electronics manufacturing to reduce what had up to 20 minutes for a multi day process is a cheaper and faster method invented.

Bioelectronics Lu emerging that smart and flexible enough to meld with the human body essentially are talked about with Live Science. Stretchable Electronics for drug delivery to the brain to monitor the injection of the latest advancements in smart tattoo, here are five fascinating technologies that soon (or inside) can have on your body.

Smart temporary tattoos

“When integrated electronics on your skin, it feels like a part of you,” Lu said. “You do not realize it, but it’s still working.” That is why the “smart” temporary tattoos that John Rogers and his colleagues are developing the idea. Their tattoos, biostamps also known as flexible circuitry that can be operated wirelessly and to move with the skin are quite spread.

These wireless smart tattoo clinically significant addressed – but currently Unmet – needs Rogers told Live Science. Although there are many potential applications, neonatal intensive care units, and his team how biostamps sleep laboratories can be used to monitor patients now have to focus on. MC10, Massachusetts-based company helped start Rogers, clinical trials later this year and is expected to launch its first-regulated products.

Biochemical sensors mounted on the skin

Skin Sensor
Skin Sensor

. Joseph Wang in future sensors, wearable sensors for Nanoengineering professor at the University of California Center, San Diego, and is being designed by the director.

“We sweat, saliva and tears, performance, fitness and look at providing information on medical conditions,” Wang told.

Earlier this year, a proof-of-concept lab members Wang, diabetic patients without the use of needle pricks that constantly monitor the level of glucose to be flexible, temporary tattoos presented. He is also a team that has a mouth guard that usually uric acid sensor that health markers, diabetes and arthritis as an early indication, drawing blood may need to check the level of built-led. Wang said the Centre for holding the sensor with the help of local and international companies to commercialize these emerging technologies is pushing the sensor.

Nanomaterial drug delivery

Dae-Hyeong Kim, Seoul National University in South Korea, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, and his colleagues to enable next-generation biomedical systems Nanotechnologies are followed. Kim’s research is one day to be able to produce nanomaterial drug delivery and tissue engineering for electronics, according to Lu. “He has made stretchable memory where you can store data on the tattoo,” she said.

In 2014, Kim’s research group is a stretchable, wearable patch that electronic data storage, clinical and pharmaceutical equipment included. “Multifunctional patch can monitor movement disorders in Parkinson’s disease,” Kim told Live Science. The collected data is recorded in the memory of the gold nanoparticle device.

Patch vibration pattern, heat and temperature control inside the sensor detects drugs that are delivered through carefully designed nanoparticles released into volume, he explained.

Injection brain monitors

Although implant technology for monitoring patients with epilepsy or brain damage is present, Lu pointed out that these instruments are still sharp and harsh, long-term monitoring is a challenge. He is constantly in motion, a bowl of tofu than the soft brain tissue. “We want something that can measure the brain, the brain, that can interact with the brain to stimulate – without any mechanical stress or load,” she said.

Charles Lie


ber, a Harvard University professor of chemistry whose research group focuses on nanoscale science and technology enter. His group of devices so small that they can be injected through the needle into the brain tissue. After injection, nanoscale electronic trap opens, you can monitor the activity of the brain tissue and even encourage interaction with neurons. “That is,” Lu said, “is very cutting edge.”

Stephanie Lacour and Grégoire Courtine, engineering, school Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, in early 2015 that they have announced for the treatment of spinal cord injuries, scientists had developed a new implant. E minor Dura its protective membrane device, called the dura mater is implanted directly on the spine. From there, the electrical and chemical stimulation during rehabilitation can deliver.

Inflammation or damage to tissue elasticity and biocompatibility of the device is less likely, which means that it can remain implanted for a long time. Paralyzed rats implanted with the device were able to walk after several weeks of training, the researchers reported in the journal Science.

Lu e-Dura, the functioning of long-term implantable stimulators called flexible. “It implants for rehabilitation and treatment, suggests the possibility of using flexible instruments,” she said.

Meanwhile, technologies that replicate the human touch are growing increasingly sophisticated. Chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao of Stanford University Artificial skin that sense pressure and temperature and can heal themselves have spent years developing. His team, the latest version of a firm or limp handshake, a sensor array that can distinguish between such pressure differences.

Lu said he and his colleagues in this highly multidisciplinary field all located in the hope to make electronics more epidermallike. “All those electronic gadgets that used to be hard and brittle, soft and stretchable now has a chance to become,” she said.

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