The only two patches that I’m familiar with are contraceptive and nicotine patches, neither of which I know intimately because I’m not staving off a cigarette addiction and it’s too late in my life for birth control measures…and I’m a guy. However, a new patch has recently emerged and it looks like a device straight out of Minority Report — wearable electronic health patches.
It’s a crossbreed of a fitbit and well, a fairly large transparent band-aid, capable of monitoring the human body’s vital signs and tracking heart health and performance. Pretty cool, and a bit scary, seeing that we’re one step closer to mandatory impeded microchips, but for now we’ll appreciate this nifty epidermal tech.
The best part? This patch may become readily accessible and affordable with its new manufacturing method.
Due to our need for things that are both functional and fashionable, high tech and ultra thin is the way to go. These patches are as thin as peel off tattoos, yet they pack the ability to measure brain activity, heart activity, hydration and muscle movement. Usually, function and fashion come at a decently high cost, but a new manufacturing method for these patches, created by a team of researchers at The Cockrell School of Engineering, would allow them be produced in high quantity and at a low cost. More cool stuff for us, and more money for $1 pizza!
It’s a two step process, in its simplest form, that cuts away excess material and adds the useful stuff to an adhesive material.
High tech, fashionable, easily produced, and disposable. Look out for these patches on the market, as your newest health accessory.✌️