New Wearable Trackers Opens Huge Possibilities For Preventive Medicine?
The trend of Body Sensors continues as scientists look for more alternative ways to make it light and usable for medical use. In the early stages of development, Body Sensors were bulky and intrusive. Today, trackers are proposed to be combined with artificial intelligence to create an entirely new medical system.
Professor of robotics and engineering of South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Kyung-In Jang and John A. Rogers of Northwestern University created a new sensor that can redefine body trackers.
The new sensor consists of silicone case containing 50 components bound by a network of 250 tiny wire coils. The tracker can transmit data on;
- Heart’s Electrical Activity
- Eyes and Brain
The nameless profound invention’ features are astonishing. Indeed, big things come from small packages. The release statement of Jang and Rogers, the tiny wire coils are three-dimensional.
Therefore, the sensor’s flexibility is maximized. Also, the system is configured into a spider web pattern to ensure stretchability and bendability in different directions.
It may sound bulky, but the silicone case is as flat and thin as a coin. According to Jang and Rogers, the inspiration behind the design of the tracker is how individual leaves on the vine looks like.
The Future for Body Trackers
The quest in developing body trackers implementation in the modern medical medicine would take a long run. Currently, multiple trackers are available for different medical use in the US and other parts of the globe.
Their sole purpose is to track early stages of health conditions. These trackers can alert medical centers to possible threats.
Jang and Rogers believed that body sensors could lead to a brilliant medical breakthrough. The two scientist hypothesize that combining trackers to artificial intelligence can provide a much wider scope of storage, collection, and analysis of health signals.
The current goal for body sensors is to make it adapt to human actions and environmental conditions. Thus, scientists like Jang and Rogers created tiny sensors that are stretchable and durable just like researchers from Tsinghua University in China who’s proposing to use silk for body sensors.
The goal of achieving versatile and lightweight sensors are within reach. But, could body sensors work in further causes like identification of cancer cells, to a possible determination of cures and diagnosis?
Let’s admit it, the purposes of these trackers are to heighten precautionary methods. But, can scientist break the barriers and create trackers that can help preventive medicine solving the deadly aftermath of untreatable diseases?