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Intelligent Wearable Systems

Advanced Healthcare and Personalized Medicine
Hazard Avoidance Wearables

Electronic Skin That Could Warn Humans of Impending Danger

Here we develop a new type of a wearable, all‐in‐one sensors that can simultaneously monitor several hazard conditions in a real‐time fashion imposes the emergent requirement for a smart and stretchable hazard avoidance sensing platform that is stretchable and skin‐like. This multimodal ferrofluid‐based sensor, featuring sensing capabilities to a variety of hazard stimulus such as a strong magnetic field, noise level, and falling or drowning is introduced. This unique platform represents a smart multifaceted sensing platform that has a unique capacity in diverse applications including hazard preventive wearables, and remote healthcare monitoring. We anticipate this simple and effective sensing stimulus can further offer a generic platform broadly applicable to a multitude of intelligent wearable electronics.


Findings about the device are published in the journal of Advanced Materials

Media Coverage: Connecticut University, ScienceDailyFuturism, EurekAlert, Scientific America 

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is 3

General speaking, a proof of concept of a sensor has been demonstrated and in terms of technology readiness level (TRL) this technology is at level 3. On the other hand, future work could include more development of the sensor performance and integrability through extensively studying of the ferrofluid topography and manipulation and optimizing the device structure to more skin-like. Moreover, incorporation the sensor with a signal processing unit, and artificial intelligence algorithms wireless technology so sensory information can be identified, organized, interpreted, so the sensing capabilities advance through knowledge then transmitted wirelessly, which enables fully autonomous and real-time continuous hazard monitoring toward internet of prevention and wearable hazard avoidance electronics. Typically, this would be done as part of an R&D project with a company that is necessarily interested in commercializing this technology.


The project will take 3 years and about 400K$ in resources. The facilities to accomplish that are available.

Life-Saving Wearables

Self-Monitoring Sensors for Safety Gear in Harsh Environments

Here, we have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen. Moreover, the low-cost sensor is about the size of a button-cell watch battery and can easily be incorporated into the sole of a firefighter boot or under the arm of a jacket – wherever motion creates a pattern of constant contact and release to generate the power the sensor needs to operate. To this end, the new device could also be useful on space missions — to track astronauts’ vital signs or to generate emergency power, for example. Extreme temperatures often prevent the use of other electronic devices during space flight.


Findings about the device are  published in the journal of Nano Energy

Media Coverage: ScienceDailyGlobalNewsUCLA, Futurism

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is 3

 So far, a proof of concept of a sensor has been demonstrated and in terms of technology readiness level (TRL) this technology is at level 3. It still needs a robust wireless data transmission system that is also capable of withstanding fire hazards. It has to be extensive field tested and the long-term reliability and response needs to be tested. Typically, this would be done as part of an R&D project with a company that is sufficiently interested in commercializing this technology.


The project will take 2-3 years and about 300K$ in resources. The facilities to accomplish that are available.

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