UCI researchers invent a health monitoring wearable that operates without a battery #WearableWednesday
Automatic wrist watches have been around for nearly 100 years. Its about time modern wearables came up with a self charging solution. These new sensors rely on a new tech that draws power as its worn; no charging needed.
In a paper published recently in the journal Nano Energy, team members in UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering describe their invention, built via 3D printing of nanomaterials on flexible substrates for real-time and wireless monitoring of vital signs. The current prototype serves as a self-powered radial artery pulse monitor, but other aspects of health – such as heart rate, body temperature or blood pressure – can be gauged by simply changing the sensor circuitry, according to the paper’s authors.
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