Medical wearables are here to stick
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Hananeh Esmailbeigi, clinical associate professor in the Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering, was recently a guest on the “Here’s an Idea” podcast to talk about the next wave of medical wearable devices.
Wearable technology is traditionally thought of as smartwatches and fitness trackers that record basic information such as steps, sleep time, and heart rate. But as Esmailbeigi explains, engineers and other researchers are pushing the field into new and exciting areas by developing wearable patches, tattoos, and sensors that mimic human skin.
She and her students in the Wearable Technology and Sensory Enhancement Laboratory have developed an assistive mouth sensor, skin-like sensor tattoos called BodyNet, a low-cost UV patch, and an electronic sensor that’s 3D-printed directly on the skin.
The podcast is hosted by Billy Hurley and is part of a series of podcasts from Tech Briefs that covers innovative technologies and industries. Hurley brings on engineers, scientists, and industry experts to get into their process and share their insights.