Doctors and health care professionals will soon be able to monitor the vital signs of any patient through a band aid. The electrical engineers at the Oregan State University have created a new technology to observe the essential signs of a medical body with sophisticated sensors that are too small as well as cheap, so that they can fit on the bandages. With the combination of the National science foundation and a private investment, it has been revealed that the small sensors will have their ideal size to fit into a throwaway medical aid like bandages. Even researches believe that they can be produced in high volumes at affordable costs. The official document for this device is currently under processing and the team is also now planning to go for clinical trials. When it is commercialized, then it can be utilized as a disposable electronic sensor along with lots of potential applications because of its small size, powerful performance and reduced cost.
In fact the reduced size of monitoring sensor will open the door to a lot of potential medical applications along with physical activity recording and heart monitoring. For the good sake of patients this device is also used to measure body temperature and perspiration rate which is a valuable source of information in preventing the disease. Generally you need a bulky, costly and power consuming instrument in order to measure the body signals. But in the case of this current technology the large components are integrated into a single chip and thus, you can achieve considerable improvements in terms of power consumption.
With this monitoring bandage you can make essential biomedical measurements extremely portable, convenient, routine and reasonable than ever before. The research carried out by the electrical engineering people have revealed that this new technology will surely reduce the cost of comparable technologies by nearly ten times together with the device offering a parallel degree of power utilization in a slighter sensor. The recent market is flooded with many body monitoring products. Some of them may cost up to hundred dollars with smart phones gradually more pressed into the service as de-facto pendometers.
The researches believe that this system-on-a-chip technology can be employed in conjunction with radio frequency devices or cell phones in close proximity of 15 feet. The underlying micro-powered system can be operated by many other energy harvested power sources including physical movement or body heat. The reason why it becomes smaller in size is that the system does not have battery. For the purpose of charging it will harvest the sparse radio frequency energy from the nearby devices such as cell phones. So the small smart phones carried by millions of people across the world can now offer energy for significant biomedical monitoring. Being able to noticeably reduce the size, cost and weight of this device it opens some new possibilities in health care and medical treatment, weight management, disease prevention and many other fields.