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Purdue University researchers have created wearable electronic devices that can easily attach to the skin. Via MachineDesign

In an effort to make wearable technology smaller and easier to wear, researchers at Purdue University have created wearable stickers out of paper towels. Recently published in ACS Advanced Materials and Interfaces, the technology can be easily applied to the skin and adhere with just water. These “smart stickers” are made of cellulose, which is both biocompatible and breathable. They can be used to monitor physical activity and alert a wearer about possible health risks in real time.

“For the first time, we have created wearable electronic devices that someone can easily attach to their skin and are made of paper to lower the cost of personalized medicine,” said Ramses Martinez, a Purdue assistant professor of industrial engineering and biomedical engineering who led the research team.


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