Wearable, low-cost, non-invasive health monitoring devices have a wide variety of applications as they can provide information pertinent to monitoring basic physical condition (of interest to athletic industries), disease marker monitoring (important for patients with chronic illness, health workers and doctors, especially those working in remote areas without ready access to advance health facilities), fundamental research (where large populations of patients can be studied due to increased compliance for non-invasive wearables; access to broader audiences such as those in rural communities will also be possible). The Stanford team will develop and demonstrate a wearable sensing platform for quantitative analysis of (bio)chemical species in sweat.
Tactile sensing is indispensable to humans in everyday activities such as manipulation of objects, exploration of materials and surface properties, and response to touch or impact. However, even the most sophisticated robots are not capable of mimicking the basic integrated functions of various mechanoreceptors that enable human tactile sensing. This condition has been long-standing as a barrier hampering the development of advanced robots that can safely interact with humans in everyday situations. The ultimate task is to create a stretchable electronic skin with various sensors integrated to enable human-skin like tactile sensing.