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Low-Cost, efficient, wearable sensors made up of tissue paper developed by researchers at UW

Low-Cost, efficient, wearable sensors made up of tissue paper developed by researchers at UW

Breaching the traditional barriers to go at a nanoscale is what scientists have been trying to achieve for long. It seems to be a reality now. A research team at the University of Washington developed a study which makes use of conventional tissue paper and transforms it into a wearable sensor that has vivid medical and related applications. According to Jae-Hyun, Associate Professor at UW, this wearable tech sensor can gauge and detect even the slightest of finger movement, heartbeat, finger force, eyeball movement, and others. These tiny wearable sensors are inexpensive and can be disposed of after use without any hassle.

This wearable tech is band-aid sized sensors that are fed into the fibers of tissue papers. Out of the many applications, it can be used for detecting and supervising eye movement, it can help detect and evaluate the complex brain function during a game and others. The research team suggested that it can also help kids with special-needs during their home test that eliminates the need to visit hospital relatively. According to the research team, the researchers used simple toilet issue which is easily available. Then, they the tissue paper is dipped into a solution of carbon nanotubes which will enable it to conduct electricity. These tiny nanotubes are soaked inside the horizontal and vertically framed fibers of a paper conducting electricity towards the circuit.

When a person uses it and it gets torn or disturbed, the nanotubes can send signals to the receive or an attached machine or any other component depicting the change in movement and other details. Although the team was able to make these wearable sensors encumbered in a toilet paper, it has been conducted in a controlled laboratory. It is, however, never use commercial outside the lab and that is what the scientists will have to brainstorm to get it in the market and that too at an exceptionally lower price.  The researchers at the University of Washington has filed an application for the patent back in December 2017. The study is available in the journal ‘Advanced Materials Technologies’. The applications of these wearable sensors are in robotics, entertainment, and healthcare centers at low cost which is among the biggest all your other fields.

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