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Breathable, wearable electronics on skin for long-term health monitoring: New nanomesh structure lets skin breathe, prevents inflammation | ScienceDaily
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Breathable, wearable electronics on skin for long-term health monitoring: New nanomesh structure lets skin breathe, prevents inflammation | ScienceDaily

A hypoallergenic electronic sensor can be worn on the skin continuously for a week without discomfort, and is so light and thin that users forget they even have it on, says a Japanese group of scientists. The elastic electrode constructed of breathable nanoscale meshes holds promise for the development of noninvasive e-skin devices that can monitor a person’s health continuously over a long period.

Wearable electronics that monitor heart rate and other vital health signals have made headway in recent years, with next-generation gadgets employing lightweight, highly elastic materials attached directly onto the skin for more sensitive, precise measurements. However, although the ultrathin films and rubber sheets used in these devices adhere and conform well to the skin, their lack of breathability is deemed unsafe for long-term use.

Source: Breathable, wearable electronics on skin for long-term health monitoring: New nanomesh structure lets skin breathe, prevents inflammation — ScienceDaily