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Posted on May 19, 2014 by  & 

Research on electronic skin

Professor Kim Dae Hyeong of Seoul National University (School of Chemical and Biological Engineering) has developed a silicon patch embedded with sensors and memory devices which monitors muscle activity, stores data and delivers feedback therapy. This patch is only one millimeter thick and adheres to the skin, bending and stretching according to muscle movement, thus receiving the name 'electronic skin'. When worn on the wrist, the patch monitors muscle movement by the minute, records the pattern of movement and administers medicine using heating elements. The patch can be mass produced as it applies semiconductor production technology. Right now the patch can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, but Professor Kim believes that, with additional sensors to detect other diseases, the patch can be used to treat any other illnesses.
"The system represents a new direction in personalized health care that will eventually enable advanced diagnostics and therapy on devices that can be worn like a child's temporary tattoo," says Dae-Hyeong Kim, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Seoul National University, who led the work.
The work was done with researchers at MC10, a startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that is working on commercializing the underlying "stretchable electronics."
Source and top image: Seoul National University
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