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Flexible Electronic Tattoos to Monitor People’s Emotions and Muscle Activity

A Flexible electrode has been developed by Electrical engineer Yael Hanein, professor at Tel Aviv University, Israel. It can be applied like a Tattoo and designed with the aim of recording muscle activity.  This electronic tattoo can measure the emotions by tracking nerve and muscle activity. It is considered as revolutionize in the medical field as it turn skin into digital platform, decreasing the requirement for painful cumbersome or needless equipment. The device has uses for muscle therapy and is a part of “a huge effort” among researchers.

It sticks to a person’s skin and sends biometric data with the help of a wireless signal. Said by Yael Hanein, this device can monitor a person’s activity by being a part of a growing field of research into wireless sensors. This skin electrode can be used by the doctors to monitor the patient’s muscles those who suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.  Hopefully in future it can be used for different physical and psychological therapy and to perform diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

This wireless digital tattoo is highly convenient enables people to put it on the face on the go whenever they need and it is more affordable as compared to other more cumbersome medical electrodes depending on commercial interests. Moreover, it also useful for marketers to get accurate reviews by monitoring people’s facial expressions and emotions about a product or service. It is a non-invasive method widely used to monitor muscle activation with excellent user comfort.

According to Prof. Hane, this is just the beginning. The new skin electrode would have more potential applications: a study initiated recently in collaboration with researchers at the Tel Aviv Medical Center uses it to monitor the muscle activity of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. A physiological data measured in specific muscles may be used in the future to indicate the alertness of drivers on the road patients in rehabilitation following brain or stroke injury may utilize the tattoo in order to improve the muscle control and may employ it to move artificial limbs with remaining muscles.

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