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Ultra thin gold nanomesh wearables are able to gather data on your vital statistics

By Nickey Ross - on 18 Jul 2017, 12:20pm

Ultra thin gold nanomesh wearables are able to gather data on your vital statistics

Image source: University of Tokyo.

Medical monitoring may experience further development thanks to a super thin, light and elastic wearable created by scientists, capable of collecting data through skin.

The wearable utilizes a mesh made from polyvinyl alcohol where scientists would create charged threads of the substance by electrical force. Next, gold was used to coat the threads so they would be more electrically conducive. It is then placed onto the skin and some water is sprayed on it to dissolve the polyvinyl alcohol while the gold threads remain. 

A skin patch test was done on 20 people and it was found that the subjects experienced no inflammation on their skin after wearing the nanomesh wearable for a week.  Some participants even forgot that they were wearing it, due to the material being so comfortable. The researchers also used repeated stretching and bending over 10,000 times to test the wearable's resilience, with an attached conductor on the forefinger. 

Advancements like these are definitely going to benefit many patients that need to keep track of their vital statistics. Perhaps in the not so distant future, hefty monitoring devices are going to be a thing of the past.

Source:  TheVerge and Engineering.com.