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University of Houston Scientists Introduce a New Type of Skin Electronics
- August 9, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Today, a talented team of specialists in material engineering and robotics from the University of Houston in the United States presented a conceptually new development to the national and world public, consisting in a new type of sensors applied to the skin made of a special polymer liquid. This type of sensors and sensors under the general term “flexible electronics” may become a really defining component in the near future in the context of a very different type of such developments. However, as the researchers themselves say, they still have to carry out a lot of experiments and tests to find the most suitable material configuration.
The fact is that such sensors were created after preliminary testing of a new type of skin electronics applied directly to the skin surface using a special adhesive material based on a certain combination of polymers – its specific recipe is still kept secret, as it is protected by an intellectual secret of the University of Houston.
Nevertheless, without going into special details, we can confidently conclude that electronics of this kind can really become out of competition, since it has three main factors – high mobility, a high degree of reading of various health parameters and the ability to be applied at any time, without the use of a third-party and often expensive equipment. In addition, the internal polymers of a given electrical material are able to independently activate its properties and deactivate, if necessary or at will, the direct carrier of such skin electronics.
Nevertheless, it is still too early to talk about a specific release date and format of the presented skin electronics and sensors, since, as the developers from the United States point out directly, the main problem of the commercial adaptation of such a system lies in the need to find a way to more accurately control the polymers inside the material – which means , and its very properties. Thus, it remains to await further news regarding the success of the new development.