Researchers from the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering have invented a soft, breathable, and stretchable material that is nearly undetectable on a person’s skin, for use in the development of wearable health monitoring devices.
The device would be able to track multiple vital signs in tandem, such as blood pressure, heart activity, and skin hydration, for early detection of chronic diseases and timely interventions.
“It is ultrasoft and ultra-stretchable, so when the device is worn on the human body, it will be mechanically imperceptible to the user,” Yan said.
“You cannot feel it, and you will likely forget about it. This is because people can feel about 20 kilopascals or more pressure when something is stretched on their skin, and this material creates less pressure than that.”