3D printed wearable device does not need to be carried – ZAP

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A group of experts has developed a wearable device they call a “biosymbiotic device”, which has several benefits.

The new device is 3D printed, personalized and based on user body analyses, and can still operate continuously through the use of a combination of wireless power transfer and compact storage.

“There’s nothing like this,” he says. Philipp Gutruf, professor at the College of Engineering and member of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona.

“We present a completely new concept when customizing a device directly to a person and using wireless power transmission to enable the device run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no need to recharge”, highlights the expert.

Today’s wearable sensors face several limitations, writes the Futurity. Smartwatches, for example, need to be charged and can only collect limited amounts of data due to their positioning on the wrist.

By using a 3D analysis of a user’s body, which can be obtained through various methods – including MRIs, CT scans and even smartphone images – Gutruf and his team were able to print custom devices in 3D involving various parts of the body.

As these biosymbiotic devices are tailored in a personalized way to their user, they are also characterized by being highly sensitive.

The biosymbiotic device the experts created uses no adhesive and is powered by a wireless system with a range of several meters. Also includes a small energy storage unit, so it will work even if the user leaves the system’s range, even away from home.

“These devices are designed not to require user interaction“Gutruf finishes.”

The study results were published in the journal Science Advances.

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