SINGAPORE – A research team from National University of Singapore has developed a soft, flexible and stretchable microfiber sensor for real-time health care monitoring and diagnosis. The sensor is highly sensitive and ultra-thin with a diameter of a strand of human hair. “Our novel microfiber sensor can hardly be felt on the skin and conforms extremely well to skin curvatures,” said Lim Chwee Teck, leader of the research team, in a statement. “Despite being soft and tiny, the sensor is highly sensitive and it also has excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical deformability.” The sensor measures an individual’s pulse waveform in real-time, and the information can be used to determine a person’s heart rate, blood pressure and stiffness in blood vessels. The team has filed a patent for the sensor, and is currently refining the design and size of its accessories.
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