Feb 1, 2012Science and Technology
New non-invasive device monitors vital signs, movement

Scientists and engineers at Oregon State University and the University of California, San Diego have developed a non-invasive device that monitors vital signs and activity. The ‘life and activity monitor’ is only two inches wide and can be comfortably worn without even touching the skin. It stores data on movement, heart rate, respiration and other vital signs that can be downloaded and used for medical and research needs. This continuous flow of data could reduce the need for more frequent doctor visits. Researchers say the final technology could be as small as a disposable bandage. “When this technology becomes more miniaturized and so low-cost that it could almost be disposable, it will see more widespread adoption,” said Patrick Chiang, an assistant professor of computer engineering at Oregon State University.

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