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Drawing low-cost electronic sensors on skin for monitoring #BioMonitoring

One day, people could monitor their own health conditions by simply picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin. This via a new study by engineers at the University of Missouri, they demonstrated that the simple combination of pencils and paper could be used to create devices that might be used to monitor personal health.

The conventional approach for developing an on-skin biomedical electronic device is usually complex and often expensive to produce. In contrast, our approach is low-cost and very simple. We can make a similar device using widely available pencils and paper.

Researchers found pencils with 93% graphite were the best for creating a variety of on-skin bioelectronic devices drawn on commercial office copy paper. A biocompatible spray-on adhesive could also be applied to the paper to help it stick better to a person’s skin.

See more from Univ. of Missouri and see this video on Engadget demonstrating the sensors.


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