Scientists develop wearable device that’s worn on your HEART to help detect abnormalitiesFlexible mesh material is fitted onto the heart to identify possible lesions and help recoveryGet daily updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailScientists have developed a wearable that can be implanted onto the heart to more accurately measure a wearer’s vitals.Made from a flexible mesh material, the smart implant measures the heart’s electrophysiological signals.Electrophysiology is the study of your heart’s electrical activity and is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia.When implanted, the wearable provides information on muscle and cardiac dysfunctions, and can apply electrical and thermal stimulations. It’s said it could be employed in future therapeutic applications, such as pain relief, rehabilitation, and prosthetic motor control.Google patents smart lenses that could be INJECTED into your eyes to give you Terminator style CYBORG vision(Image: Institute for Basic Science)The research team, from the Center for Nanoparticle Research, at the Institute for Basic Science , in South Korea, first tested the device on human skin to record the electrical activity of heart and muscles.They found that due to its softness, elasticity and stretchability, it was able to follow the contours of flexible joints, such as those in the wrist.The first test was therefore performed on the forearm, where it simultaneously monitored electromyography signals, and delivered electrical and thermal stimulations.For their next test, the research team took it to the next level and produced a customised large mesh and fitted it on the lower part of a swine heart.Tech company will implant 50 employees’ hands with identification microchipsWrapped around the heart, the implant read signals from the entire organ to identify possible lesions and help recovery. The mesh was stable during repetitive heart movements and apparently didn’t interfere with the heart’s pumping activity.For example, it was able to register the change of electrocardiogram signal caused by an acute heart attack.”Although various soft cardiac devices have been reported for the rat heart.”We aim to study heart diseases, and stimulate the heart more effectively by synchronising cardiac pumping activity.”What is wearable technology? Everything you need to know about the popular gadgetsThis stretchable and conductive patch is created by gold coated silver nano wires mixed with a type of rubber, called polystyrene butadiene styrene (SBS).
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