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Wearable and flexible sensors for user-interactive health-monitoring devices

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Abstract

Flexible electronic devices that are lightweight and wearable are critical for personal healthcare systems, which are not restricted by time and space. To monitor human bio-signals in a non-invasive manner, skin-conforming, highly sensitive, reliable, and sustainable healthcare monitoring devices are required. In this review, we introduce flexible and wearable sensors based on engineered functional nano/micro-materials with unique sensing capabilities for detection of physical and electrophysiological vital signs of humans. In addition, we investigate key factors for the development of user-interactive healthcare devices that are customizable, wearable, skin-conforming, and monolithic (design), and have long-term monitoring capability with sustainable power sources. Finally, we describe potential challenges of developing current wearable healthcare devices for applications in fitness, medical diagnosis, prosthetics, and robotics.

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Submitted
23 Apr 2018
Accepted
23 May 2018
First published
24 May 2018

J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018,6, 4043-4064
Article type
Review Article

Wearable and flexible sensors for user-interactive health-monitoring devices

M. Ha, S. Lim and H. Ko, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, 6, 4043
DOI: 10.1039/C8TB01063C

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