‘E-Skin’ Transforms the Human Body into a Digital Screen

Patti MayonnaiseApril 26, 2016560 Views
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Scientists with the University of Tokyo continue their attempts to integrate high tech devices with the human body recently debuting “electronic skin.” This e-skin features an ultrathin layer of protection that offers a digital display of blood oxygen levels, heart rate sensors and other incredible applications. By utilizing an air-stable organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, the team has been able to demonstrate the remarkable uses of this device.

The ultimate goal for hardworking researchers across the globe is to have the integration of electronics with the human body prove beneficial in the restoration of bodily functions in biomedical applications. Since wearable electronics demand flexibility in order to decrease potential impact in the location of bodily attachment, scientists have developed glass thickness based on a millimeter scale comprised of plastic subtrates capable of surviving in air.

With the premiere of this high quality protective film under two micrometers thick, Professor Takao Someya and Tomoyuki Yokota conveyed the e-skin’s ability to produce highly flexible, ultrathin, high performance wearable electronic displays. “What would the world be like if we had displays that could adhere to our bodies and even show our emotions or level of stress or unease?” Someya asked.

Aside from not having to carry our mobile tech devices with us all of the time, they also believe that it could enhance the way we interact with those around us by adding a brand new dimension to communication.

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