Although I’ve seen conductive tattoos, creating 3D printed sensors directly on the body is something entirely different, as I’ve just discovered on Inside Science. Here’s the lead-in for their report:
Wearable technology may soon be at your fingertips — literally. Researchers have developed a pressure sensor that can be 3-D printed directly on your hand. The device, sensitive enough to feel a beating pulse, is made from soft, stretchy silicone that conforms to the curves of your fingertip.
It’s a step toward a more seamless integration of human and machine, said Michael McAlpine, a materials scientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His team didn’t print the device on a real hand yet — just an artificial one. “But,” he said, “it sets the stage for future work in 3-D printing electronic devices directly on the body.”
Imagine 3D printing sensors/circuits on-site, when needed, and for injuries—this will probably make my top ten list for 2017, so definitely visit their post and check out the animation of the process.
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