A team of scientists from the United States has developed a revolutionary device that allows you to monitor the condition of the heart and brain. The researchers hope that their invention can replace a lot of bulky equipment used in modern hospitals.
The chip is put into the hands of a little simple childlike tattoo and holds tight enough.
The results of these experiments were published in the journal Science. It represents the chip is thinner than a human hair, which looks like a temporary tattoo and can move or assemble in the crease. Developed device runs on solar cells, which can produce energy. The sensor is mounted on the surface of the water-soluble, so it can be applied to the skin as a temporary tattoo.
In a study conducted by scientists, the device measures the electrical activity of the legs, heart and brain. It turned out that the "tattoo" gives results almost identical to those obtained from modern medical devices.
The researchers believe that this technology can replace the machines with a variety of cables and wires — it is much smaller and more convenient to them. With the "tattoo" will be easy to monitor the condition of premature babies or people with impaired patency of the airway during sleep, as they do not have to connect using wires. "If we want to understand how the brain functions in a natural environment, this device will replace our experiments in the laboratory.
And it's easier to do with a device that is not visible to the patient, "- said Todd Coleman (Todd Coleman), professor at the University of Illinois (University of Illinois), United States, and one of the study's authors.