Bioelectronics Out to Get Increasingly Flexible and Smaller

Published By : 06 Jun 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

It is already a thing now: bioelectronics are moving closer and closer towards being inconspicuous attachments on our bodies. They are expected to bend and flex exactly the way our skin does so that they will not interfere with our daily lives. Think of a tattoo made of circuits and electronics. Smart technologies are getting smarter by the day, so here are a few types of bioelectronics devices that have come a long way from their rigid silicone based structures towards highly flexible and efficient devices.

Smart Tattoos
As mentioned before, bioelectronics engineers have created a way to make print electronics on to the human skin. The idea is to integrate the electronics directly with the skin so that they do not feel like a separate entity. These tattoos are meant to be temporary, however. They are essentially a flexible circuit which can be powered by a wireless power source. Scientists are seeing a wide array of uses for these electronic tattoos in medical fields that have major unmet requirements. For instance, these biostamps can be used to monitor patients in the neonatal ICU.

Bioelectronics for Drug Delivery
In 2014, a South Korean engineer and his team revealed the results of their research in next gen biomedical devices and systems. They have made use of nanomaterials to embroider electronics on a patient’s skin. These electronic systems can are highly stretchable and can help monitor a patient’s vitals and specific drug levels. This can be valuable in the case of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease, where the device can sense changes in temperature or sense tremors. It can accordingly administer drugs to the patient that are stored inside it.

Long Duration Bioelectronics Implants
A group of French scientists in 2015 revealed a novel implant for the treatment of spinal cord issues. The devices can be attached directly to the human spine under the spinal membrane. Once attached, the implant can provide stimulation to the injured spine in terms of chemical and/or electrical. This can be a key development to speed up the recovery of a patient who suffered a spinal cord injury.

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