Gadgets

Smart skin opens up new opportunities for humans (2 photos + video)


The integration of high technology in humanthe body goes on. Almost daily engineers offer more sophisticated gadgets that ensure the unity of electronics and humans. A very original and simple invention was proposed by the developers of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia), who presented an innovative material, which is a biocompatible polymer - “smart skin”. Using this invention, the user can, without making contact, control various devices remotely, using the magnetic field around the new material.


Technically, “smart skin” isa biopolymer with magnetic particles in the form of the thinnest film that can be glued to the user's natural skin. Approaching the gadget, smart skin through the interaction of magnetic fields will be able to contact the device. At the first test, smart skin was placed on the user's eyelid, and the sensor was installed on the earpiece. As a result, it was possible to record the time when a person's eyes were open.

Magnetic skin does not need extrapower sources, since its own magnetic field of the substance is used. This advantage will allow you to replace some of the traditional simplest implants that require constant monitoring of battery charge level, but do not require the transfer of complex commands. For example, the user will be able to remotely work with equipment that is dangerous for direct contact.


In the future, scientists will check how muchcompatible artificial skin with human skin for long-term "wearing." Among the primary functions that can be assigned to smart skin will be monitoring the physical condition of a person, use when prosthetics and as a means of identifying a person.