Scientist say that they have developed ultra-thin electronic “skin” that has the ability to measure the level of oxygen when it stuck onto the body.
The Japan-based researchers say that their target is to come up with an E-skin that will monitor the oxygen level of organs during surgery.
Tests conducted on volunteers revealed that the “skin” offered stable measurements of the concentration of oxygen in blood.
There are micro-electronic components in the device light up in green, blue and red while on the body surface.
The University of Tokyo scientists are devising ways in which numbers and letters can be displayed on the skin for easier health monitoring.
Wearable devices is an area that needs to be researched on and holds a lot of potential for the future of health and particularly in medical applications like contact lenses that can monitor the levels of glucose or smart glasses.
“The device unobtrusively measures the oxygen concentration of blood when laminated on a finger,” said lead researcher Tomoyuki Yokota and colleagues.
In addition he said, “Ultimately, flexible organic optical sensors may be directly laminated on organs to monitor the blood oxygen level during and after surgery.”
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