In Brief

Researchers have developed the smart bandage to automatically analyze and administer care to a wound

Often treating a wound is a hassle, having to reapply bandages every few hours. Well thanks to a team of researchers working out of MIT, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Harvard Medical School, you can soon slap on a high-tech smart bandage that is programmed with dose-dependent drug release.

The smart bandage starts working once the microcontroller creates a voltage signal, which then heats up the conductive fibers. When this happens, the medication is released onto the wound. The microcontroller collects the signal from a smartphone.

The smart bandage will prove beneficial to all patients suffering from cuts and wounds as it can be pre-programmed to release medication at a specific time. This is going to be especially helpful and convenient to children and the elderly, who tend to forget to apply medication to their wounds or even those who have chronic wounds.

Smart Bandage

Often treating a wound is a hassle, having to reapply bandages every few hours. Well thanks to a team of researchers working out of MIT, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Harvard Medical School, you can soon slap on a high-tech smart bandage that is programmed with dose-dependent drug release.

The smart bandage starts working once the microcontroller creates a voltage signal, which then heats up the conductive fibers. When this happens, the medication is released onto the wound. The microcontroller collects the signal from a smartphone.