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Smarter skin with diagnostic 'tattoo' (photos)

Sensing, medical diagnostics, and communications all fit on an ultra-thin patch that mounts directly onto skin.

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Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

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1 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

For EMG

With the mechanical properties of skin, a miniature diagnostic device unveiled today can be mounted directly to the wrist, as shown here, for EMG and other measurements.
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2 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

For EEG

The patch can be applied to the forehead for EEG and other tests as well.
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3 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

Removal

The disposable patch peels off easily.
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4 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

The device

The electronic device incorporates sensors, diagnostics, and communications into an ultra-thin and flexible patch.
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5 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

Mechanical properties

The device mimics the mechanical properties of skin.
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6 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

Squeezed

The circuitry's filaments are serpentine-shaped, allowing the device to be squeezed.
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7 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

Bent

The device can even be bent, stretched, and scrunched.
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8 of 8 Photo courtesy of John A. Rogers

Temporary tattoos

It can also be placed over a temporary tattoo for at least partial concealment.

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