Human monitoring technologies are developing rapidly, day by day there are new advancements and today is one of those days. The picture to the left is an insight into the next revolution in human-machine interfaces.
Researchers in the US have developed an “electronic tattoo” that could herald a revolution in the way patients are monitored and provide a breakthrough in computer gaming.
“They used the device, which is thinner than a human hair, to monitor the heart and brain, according to a study in the journal Science“. The device is so flexible it can move and stretch with human skin and is hoped to replace the bulky equipment used in hospitals.
In respect to Brain-Computer Interfaces, reservations that people currently have about the consumer grade EEG technology, is it’s ability to distinguish and process the actual thoughts that control movement. Most applications currently available need to be taught or associated to specific thoughts (any will do) do generate specific movements. See the Prius inspired bike of the future.
One area that sees advancement with this new technology is in speech regonition. When the skin patch was attached to the throat it was able to distinguish between up, down, left and right. Imagine the advancements in gaming, communications, transport……
- Soon, tattoo-like electronic patch on skin to monitor patients’ health (news.bioscholar.com)
- Sticky News: Electronic Skin Patch Promises Simpler Monitoring (medgadget.com)
- Hi-tech ‘tattoos’ can monitor patients’ health (digitaltrends.com)