There’s ebay, elearning and countless others but there could soon be a new addition to the growing family of e-words, E-skin. Scientists claim to have developed an ultra-thin electronic device or ‘skin’ which when stuck to the body can measure oxygen concentration in organs during surgery. In trials on volunteers the team from Japan demonstrated the skin was able to provide stable measurements of oxygen levels in blood thanks to micro-electronic components on the device which light up in red, blue and green. The scientists from the University of Tokyo are looking to take it a step further so that numbers and letters can be displayed on the skin to allow health to be monitored. Lead researcher Tomoyuki Yokota said, “The device unobtrusively measures the oxygen concentration of blood when laminated on a finger…Ultimately, flexible organic optical sensors may be directly laminated on organs to monitor the blood oxygen level during and after surgery.” That’s what you call having skin in the game.
July 13, 2016