Flexible hydrogel bandage senses temperature, releases medicine

MIT’s Xuanhe Zhao has designed a bandage that  releases medicine in response to changes in skin temperature.  It can be programmed to light if  wound attention is required, such as when medicine is low.

The flexible,  gel-like material  incorporates temperature sensors, LED lights, other electronics, and tiny, drug-delivering reservoirs and channels.

Zhao believes that hydrogel coated electronics  will also be able to be used inside the body.  He suggested that implanted, biocompatible glucose sensors, or  soft, compliant neural probes could be created.


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