Volume 89 Issue 34 | pp. 46-47
Issue Date: August 22, 2011

Electronic Skin

Ultrathin devices cling to skin like temporary tattoos
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: epidermal electronics, skin

People don’t have electrical outlets on their bodies. So establishing a connection between humans and electronics, such as a heart monitor, typically requires strapping, taping, or clamping electrodes onto the skin and then hooking them up to machines. It’s enough to make even a healthy person’s heart race.

Now, thanks to a new electronic system that clings to skin, gathering data from the human body could be as simple as sticking on a temporary tattoo. . . .

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