The Health-Monitoring Patch Prototypes Measure Movement and Deliver Drugs

By: Alyson Wyers - May 2, 2014
References: technologyreview & fastcoexist
While bulky bracelets and other wearables might be all the rage when it comes to fitness tracking, health-monitoring patch technology could be the future of medicine. This design from South Korea not only monitors health, it can also dispense drugs. The smart but simple looking adhesive also stretches with your skin, rather than pulling uncomfortably on it. The plaster-like patch is intended to monitor movements like epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, rather than fitness levels using spring-loaded gauges.

The health-monitoring patch prototype is still being developed as it still requires an external computer to function properly. The Korean researchers hope eventually all the technology will be contained within the patch and it will be able to check heart rate, blood oxygen and other vitals in addition to delivering different drugs.