CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A University of Cincinnati scientist is making national news after inventing a flexible skin sensor that monitors your vitals.
The chip-less, wireless sensor is the creation of Yeongin Kim, Ph.D., an assistant professor in engineering and computer science at UC.
The sensor can detect heart rate, blood levels, and other biomarkers through sweat.
And because it's wireless, there's no bulky devices, patches, and wires attached to patients.
"It’s not invasive. It doesn’t get into your skin. It just sits on top of your skin like a band-aid,” said Dr. Kim. "Our sensors are very stretchy and flexible, bendable.”
Dr. Kim says it has taken years to get to this point. In 2021, researchers finally conducted human trials.
"Tested the sensor on 19 people, and they reported our sensor is very comfortable to wear and didn’t complain,” he said.
The potential applications for the sensor are significant, which is why the Journal of Science is publishing Dr. Kim’s works.
"I'm really happy they feel the same about this work as me," he said.
The next step, Dr. Kim says, is to find investors to commercialize the sensor.