Wireless Sensors Monitor Infants' Vitals

Wireless Sensors Monitor Infants' Vitals
Researchers have developed a stretchable electronic patch able to safely—and continuously—monitor an infant’s vital signs.

Premature infants need to be monitored around the clock, but the babies’ fragile skin can make wired sensors uncomfortable. The new sensor from the team at Northwestern University makes use of a technology called epidermal electronics, replacing the wired sensor system with a thin material as flexible as human skin. By placing the inflexible sensors within a rubbery, elastic material, the team created a comfortable sensor able to monitor and transmit the infant’s vitals to a paired network, with no wires required.

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