THE FUTURE OF HUMAN/ ELECTRONIC SKIN TECHNOLOGY
Merging biology and electronics gives access to a new and upcoming technology. This has led to the development of a super thin and highly flexible material like a tattoo, embedded with a wireless electronic chip to be stuck on human skin. It’s applications are many, from monitoring health to even sending commands to human-machine interfaces like video games. The newly developed material/device is easily removable, as easily it’s stuck on the skin surface.The device is designed to easily blend in with the mechanics of the human skin, where it can resist the natural vigor of twists, turns and stretches of the human skin, yet maintaining the functionality of the wireless circuitry. The research is being led by John A. Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder professor of engineering at the University of Illinois.A number of technological challenges must be surmounted before EHRs are widely adopted, Schubert says. "Today's average interaction by a health services consumer still involves a 19th century paperwork trail, and that drives costs up, efficiencies down, and improper diagnosis and treatment," he says. "There are major challenges, though, that will need to be overcome such as universal data taxonomy, ease-of-use for the consumers and providers, personal information safeguards, and checks-and-balances to ensure that the data is good and remains good."“The vision is to exploit these concepts in systems that have self-contained, integrated functionality, perhaps ultimately working in a therapeutic fashion with closed feedback control based on integrated sensors, in a coordinated manner with the body itself,” Rogers said.
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