Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas have invented an inexpensive and fast method for producing wearable patches that monitor the body’s vital signs, potentially outperforming traditional monitoring tools such as cardiac event monitors.
Led by Assistant Professor Nanshu Lu, the team’s manufacturing method aims to construct disposable tattoo-like health monitoring patches for the mass production of epidermal electronics, a popular technology that Lu helped develop in 2011.
These devices have the ability to pick up and transmit the human body’s vital signals, tracking heart rate, hydration level, muscle movement, temperature and brain activity.
Until now, the manufacturing process for creating wearable biosensors was expensive and time consuming, hampering the wearables’ potential. According to Assistant Professor Lu, this made it nearly impossible to develop disposable sensors to temporarily monitor health outcomes, as the process was too long and expensive.