Wearable Healthcare

Skin-attachable sensor
  • In recent years, skin-attachable electronic sensors have received significant attention with innovation in electronics form factor and increased interests in the healthcare sector. Skin-attachable sensor can provide vital clinical information and operate in real time with convenience. However, several challenges are still needed to be solved for practical utilization, such as conformal contact, flexibility, low-power operation, wireless communication, and so on. We aim to develop key technologies and killer applications for skin-attachable sensor with novel design, materials processing, and device fabrication.
  • Skin-Attachable Sensor
Electrical stimulation for healthcare applications
  • The signal transmission in the human body is mostly carried out by electricity. Thus, we can diagnose and treat the body by reading (electrophysiology) and sending (electrical stimulation) electrical signals. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are the most representative examples of electrical therapy. EMS is a method to mimic the electrical signals that are sent from the brain to contract muscles. It can enhance the treatment of muscular skeletal disease and muscle/rehabilitation training. TENS modulates the neural transmission from pain receptors in order to relieve chronic pain that is not induced by certain pathological causes. However, current EMS and TENS systems operate with pre-programmed patterns without detecting the status of target tissue in real time and cannot cure the root cause of pain. We aim to overcome the shortcomings of current electrical stimulation systems described above and to develop wearable and low-power electrical stimulation devices for various healthcare applications.
  • Electrical Stimulation Patch