A new electronic patch that applies to the skin like a temporary tattoo offers medical monitoring applications such as heart rate, brain waves, or muscle tissue activity. Discovered this tech in this article.
When I think of the miniaturization of medical devices for monitoring applications, I think of devices that can be conveniently worn by the patient in their day-to-day activities and remain discrete, resembling a cell phone. I have never thought we'd reach a level of device that resembles this type of technology so quickly that had such capabilities.
In terms of what types of advances can be realized from this technology in the future, the article cites that sleep apnea, neonatal care, and electronic bandages are all potential applications. Personally, I look forward to seeing how far the technology can be taken.
Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief