This electronic sensor-infused stretchy fingertip-cover lets doctors feel the body’s electric activity.
Surgical tools beware; researchers are developing a smart glove that could become the only device needed for procedures like ultrasound scans and removing unwanted tissue.
<p> Materials engineer <a href="http://rogers.matse.illinois.edu/">John Rogers</a> and his colleagues have <a href="http://www.psfk.com/2012/08/wearable-electronic-sensors-for-surgeon-gloves.html">made an electronic sensor-infused stretchy fingertip-cover</a> that looks like the condom of the future.</p><p> The fingertip device <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2187742/Smart-fingertips-Wearable-electronics-pave-way-smart-surgeon-gloves.html">was molded</a> from gold conductive lines and ultra-thin silicon and can receive and transmit electric signals, essentially making the smart-gloved hand able to feel the body’s electric activity without other devices.</p><p> For the device, normally hard semiconductors were made flexible. The researchers’ future plans for this now-pliable “smart” material include a skin that would cover the heart and act as a sensor and diagnostic device.</p><p> See the full study published by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, and Dalian University of Technology in <em><a href="http://iopscience.iop.org/0957-4484/23/34/344004/">Nanotechnology</a></em>.</p><p> Medical jargon aside, it’s a step towards surgical robots that could both get information and make diagnoses by simply touching the body and aide doctors to conduct surgery without tools like scalpels.</p><p> <em>Photo via <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2187742/Smart-fingertips-Wearable-electronics-pave-way-smart-surgeon-gloves.html">Daily Mail</a></em></p>
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