It happens to us all at some point…
One minute you’re slicing up your fruit or vegetables when you suddenly take a slice of your finger, too.
Or, perhaps, you fall over and cut yourself.
Solution? Slap a Band-Aid on the cut to stop the bleeding.
But the traditional bandage is getting a tech upgrade, thanks to some clever students at the National Taiwan University…
The “Smart” World Just Got Another Product
In an age when everything is “smart,” they’ve developed a “smart bandage” that does so much more than that boring old Band-Aid.
The bandage harnesses the ever-growing field of wearable technology to do more than just stem bleeding.
It monitors a patient’s vital signs.
The bandage is called “NinjaFlex” – a soft 3-D-printed material that allows a variety of sensors to be attached, depending on the user’s situation and exactly what needs to be monitored.
The bandage then transmits the data to doctors, using a smartphone or tablet.
It’s the brainchild of Ph.D. student, Li Cheng-Yuan, and You Chuang-Wen at the university’s Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering. They wanted to create “a convenient wearable design” that makes it easier for doctors to keep track of patients while they’re on the go, rather than hooked up to a bunch of machines.
And that’s the next goal for the team – to improve the bandage’s range, so that it can send that same data over longer distances.
As Cheng-Yuan says, “If a patient wanted to go outside to get a bit of exercise, traditional medical equipment couldn’t be taken with them. We’re hoping that this kind of wearable, flexible device can keep monitoring their body information even though they leave the ward.”
Needless to say, the concept has received a positive response from both the medical profession and the tech world alike.
With further development, the team hopes that medical device companies will use the bandage to develop the next range of remote wearable medical technology.