Browsing Category: Sensors

Wireless,biodegradable, flexible arterial-pulse sensor monitors blood flow

Zhenan Bao and colleagues have developed a wireless, battery-free, biodegradable sensor to provide continuous monitoring of blood flow through an artery.  This could provide critical information to doctors after vascular, transplant, reconstructive and cardiac surgery, with out the need for a visit. Monitoring the success of surgery on blood vessels is difficult, as by the […]

Wearable haptic feedback/stimulation band to address Parkinson’s symptoms

Microsoft has submitted a patent application for a wearable band that uses haptic feedback for stimulation when wrapped around limbs or joints.  It is meant to alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms, including tremors and muscle stiffness. Haptic actuators are distributed across a band that is adjusted to a  “duty cycle” which responds to data derived from wearable […]

3D-printed, bluetooth-controlled ingestible capsule delivers drugs, senses environment

MIT’s Bob Langer and Giovanni Traverso have developed a 3D-printed, wirelessly-controlled, ingestible capsule that can  deliver drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both.  It can reside in the stomach for a month.  Data is sent to a user’s phone, and instructions from the phone are sent to the device.  The sensor could also communicate with other wearable […]

Wearable sensor monitors shunt function in hydrocephalus

Northwestern’s John Rogers has created another minimal, flexible, wireless, adhesive wearable — this time to help hydrocephalus patients manage their condition. The band-aid like sensor determines whether a shunt is working properly. Shunts often fail.  When this happens, a patient can experience headaches, nausea and low energy, and must go to a hospital immediately.  However, […]

Blood glucose-powered sensor for long term monitoring

Subhanshu Gupta and Washington State colleagues have developed an implantable sensor, powered by  harvested blood glucose, for long term monitoring. The electronics consume only a few microwatts of power, while being highly sensitive. Combined with the biofuel cells,  the sensor is more efficient than (and non-toxic as compared to) traditional battery-powered devices.  Fueled by body […]

Adhesive emergency response sensors

VitalTag by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a chest-worn sticker that detects, monitors and transmits blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate and other vital signs, eliminating the need for multiple medical devices. It is meant for emergency responders to quickly assess a person’s state. Additional sensors are worn on the finger, and in the ear. Data […]

Small ultrasound patch detects heart disease early

Sheng Xu, Brady Huang, and UCSD colleagues have developed a small, wearable ultrasound patch that  monitors blood pressure in arteries up to 4 centimeters under the skin.  It is meant to detect cardiovascular problems earlier, with greater accuracy Applications include continuous blood pressure monitoring in heart and lung disease, the critically ill, and those undergoing […]