Health Tech Insider continues to cover new advances in the wearable tech industry. From covering stories on a wearable that helps cancer patients manage pain to sharing studies of wearables used to measure soldiers performance, we have covered all sorts of wearable devices.
However, two of the major challenges with these devices are: charging and non-custom fit. If we could find a solution to the charging problem, these devices could offer medical data 24/7, and having custom-fitted devices would enable their wrapping around various body parts.
Engineers at the University of Arizona have invented Biosymbiotic Device, a 3D-print medical-grade wearable device with unprecedented benefits. The device is custom-made by using data from scans of the wearer’s body,, such as MRIs and CT scans. The customization feature of the new device allows it to be wrapped around various body parts. It can even be customized to be placed in the armpit.
Contrary to other wearable devices, Biosymbiotic Device is lightweight, breathable, mesh-like, and barely noticeable. Researchers can gather data with this device that a traditional wearable cannot collect. For example, if someone wants to measure how a bicep deforms during physical activity, a sensor can be placed in a device custom-made to fit the bicep.
The device is highly sensitive, uses no adhesive, and can even measure the changes in body temperature induced by a single flight of stairs.
Unlike current wearables, the Biosymbiotic Device uses wireless power casting and compact energy storage to run continuously without the need to recharge. The compact energy storage ensures the continuous function of the device if the person is outside the system’s wireless range.
Biosymbiotic Device is a great invention with an ability to improve how we monitor diseases, perform research, and track personal health.