Electronic Skin Can Track Your Health And Fitness

Japanese researchers have taken a step closer to creating electronic skin—e-skin—by employing flexible electronics that can be worn as a second skin for biomedical and other applications. The aim is to have e-skin eventually become as much a part of our daily lives as the clothes we wear.Light from the red & green PLEDs is directed into the finger. Photodectors catch the reflected light from inside the finger and provides a measure of the blood oxygen. The output of detector is shown in the photo below.

If this eventuates, athletes will use e-skin to view their heart rates, sugar levels and work rate. It could provide doctors with continuous data on patients’ vital signs without the need for repeatedly attaching and removing medical equipment, while the rest of us might employ it to monitor our body health metrics. Meanwhile, engineers could put down their tablets when doing tricky repair work, and instead view maintenance procedures displayed on their arms.

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