Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week
A device that could keep your heart beating forever and an electronic tattoo that gathers sophisticated biometric data.
Each week PSFK.com with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a 3D printed glove that could keep your heart beating forever and an electronic tattoo that gathers sophisticated biometric data. Be sure to check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages to stay on top of all things health.
3D Printed Electronic Glove Could Keep Your Heart Beating Forever Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a revolutionary new electronic membrane that could replace pacemakers, fitting over a heart to keep it beating regularly over an indefinite period of time. The device uses a spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes to continuously monitor the heart’s electrical activity. Scientists used computer modeling technology and a 3D-printer to create a prototype membrane and successfully test the device using a rabbit’s heart. Although immediate use for the device will be as a research tool allowing scientists to study how heart rate changes in response to different conditions in the future, electronic membranes of this sort could become common, monitoring at-risk individuals and safeguarding them from heart attacks.