Now, charged gar­ments to mon­i­tor health

The Asian Age - - Science+ Health -

in­gestible or flex­i­ble tech­nolo­gies.

The de­vices tend to be some com­bi­na­tion of too large, too heavy and not flex­i­ble,” said Tr­isha L An­drew, who led the study pub­lished in the jour­nal ACS Ap­plied Ma­te­ri­als & In­ter­faces.

The method uses a mi­cro- su­per­ca­pac­i­tor and com­bines vapour- coated con­duc­tive threads with a poly­mer film, plus a spe­cial sewing tech­nique to create a flex­i­ble mesh of aligned elec­trodes on a tex­tile back­ing.

The de­vice has a high abil­ity to store charge for its size, and other char­ac­ter­is­tics that al­low it to power wear­able biosen­sors. Re­searchers have minia­turised elec­tronic cir­cuit com­po­nents, un­til now the same could not be said for charge- stor­ing de­vices.

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