Multifunctional skin-like electronics for long-term health monitoring

Woon Hong Yeo, Yun Soung Kim, Jongwoo Lee, John A. Rogers

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Abstract

Conductive gel-based wet electrodes along with the skin preparation have been widely used for the measurement of electrophysiological signals on the skin in a health monitoring system. The use of conductive gels is necessary to reduce the contact impedance between the skin surface and electrode. However, it can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. This issue originates from the mismatch between the soft, curvy skin epidermis and the rigid, flat metal electrode. To address the issues of conventional electronics, we introduce a new class of 'skin-like' electronic system. The electronics can be conformally laminated on the epidermis, such that it ensures high-quality data recording without conductive gels. The skin-like electronics incorporates electrophysiological-, temperature-, and strain sensors in the system for multimodal functionality. To provide robust wearability for a week, a medical spray bandage is utilized to shield the sensor on the skin. The multifunctional sensor measures physiological signals and they are recorded with a commercial wireless data acquisition system along with a releasable, skin-like connector. This novel, multifunctional electronics on the skin can potentially replace the irritable and cumbersome wet electrodes for portable, long-term health monitoring at home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012
Pages73-76
Number of pages4
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2012Nov 15 2012

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume9

Other

OtherASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012
CountryUnited States
CityHouston, TX
Period11/9/1211/15/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Yeo, W. H., Kim, Y. S., Lee, J., & Rogers, J. A. (2012). Multifunctional skin-like electronics for long-term health monitoring. In ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012 (PARTS A AND B ed., pp. 73-76). (ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE); Vol. 9, No. PARTS A AND B). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2012-85698