In the age of the internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. This is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room. Image courtesy Yei Hwan Jung and Juhwan Lee/University of Wisconsin — Madison.
A new paper published by a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can have huge implications for the medical industry because it will only make the above scenario easier. This is thanks to new advances in wearable integrated circuits that claim to be the fastest, thinnest and stretchiest to date.
According to the university, the circuits are structured with transmission lines in repeating S-curves, which gives the transmission lines more flexibility. "It also helps shield the lines from outside interference" and confines "the electromagnetic waves flowing through them".
The team, led by Professor Zhenqiang "Jack" Ma, hopes that the circuits could be used in intensive care units like temporary tattoos, allowing patients to be monitored without cumbersome and uncomfortable wires.