Imagine if the temporary tattoos that come in a box of Cracker Jack (if you’re lucky) had an electronic display logo that lights up when you put it on. Or a fitness tracker that you tape to yourself rather than wearing it around your wrist. Or a watch so thin that it lights the time while blending into your skin. Or even, a sensor that can be applied directly to an organ to determine health.
the future for electronic skin. Yup, I said it: E-Skin.
in Japan have developed an ultra-thin and ultra-stretchy material that can
mimic the flexibility of human skin. Ultraflexible
organic photonic skin is an organic polymer with light-emitting diodes
(PLEDs) or small sheets of energy-efficient lights that are laminated right on
the skin. These are intended to equip the human body with electronic components
for health-monitoring and information technologies. These are transparent but
when powered with electrical pulses, it’ll emit a colored light, number or
letter depending on the implementation. The arrangement of PLEDs can also
display more complex information. They also report that this PLED film produced
less heat and consumed less power than previous e-skin samples.
interesting thing here is that they used organic materials, added an extra
layer of film to protect it from oxygen and water, so it lasted several days.
Past organic efforts lasted less than a day due to air exposure. Today,
non-organic materials used to make super-thin tattoo-like
monitoring devices can last weeks or longer.
advancements will only fuel the health care wearable market which is growing
firm Tractica released findings from its report ‘Wearable
Devices for Healthcare Markets’ that show worldwide shipments of healthcare
wearables will increase from 2.5 million in 2016 to 97.6 million in 2021…or $17.8
Billion in yearly revenue. The general wearable device market will increase
from 85 million units in 2015 to 559.6 million units by 2021 - a compound
annual growth rate of about 37%.
thought the influx of data center and cloud traffic from mobile was big, just
wait until all our body vitals start hitting the wire. Add that to all the
other IoT initiates, like home/automotive, big data suddenly turns into
may instantly think about the fitness trackers and smartwatches that garner our
bodies, the health care industry is also looking at the treatment of chronic
diseases, wellness programs, remote patient monitoring and physician use. And
there are other devices like posture monitors, connected wearable patches and
pain management wearables that are gaining ground.
already hear the posture sensor barking, 'Stop
Slouching!' and a pain patch that actually works instead of those
menthol smelling globs – great idea!