Since its introduction in 2011, electronic skin is finding many new applications, all of them equally amazing. The material contains extremely thin circuits, components, and other sensors yet remains as flexible as human skin. These characteristics and capabilities open new doors of significant opportunity as Joseph Bennington-Castro reports (“The Circuit Made for Your Arm” Scientific American, July 2014, p. 26):
“Within the past few months scientists have demonstrated numerous practical applications for the devices, setting the stage for a revolution in health care monitoring.”
The range of possibilities is marvelous. Here are just a few:
Pacemakers. The material can encase an entire human heart, serving as a low-energy pacemaker and defibrillator.
EEG Data. Far more comfortable and less motion restrictive than conventional wired EEG machines, a simple patch can be adhered to a patient’s forehead.
Healing Progress Reports. A patch attached to the skin at or near a wound or a surgical incision can monitor healing progress. The device can sense inflammation, hydration, and other important medical conditions.
The list will only become longer. This is just another example of how innovation drives the technology that drives the benefits to us all. Even more exciting is the fact that innovation will work in any field. When was the last time you tried to innovate?