How Ultra-Thin Electronics can Impact Wearables

Ultra-thin electronics will transform the user experience due to its enhanced comfort factor and improved operational capabilities.

FREMONT, CA: Wearable human-machine interfaces offer a direct means of communication between machines and humans. The interfaces detect physical as well as electrophysiological variables from the users and allow the machine to function correspondingly. Despite a series of advancements, current wearable devices are uncomfortable and may also potentially restrict users’ movement. However, the latest advances in electronics are addressing the above challenges. According to Tech Explorist, an ultra-thin wearable electronic device is the latest innovation that will present minimum discomfort to the users and will also be less noticeable than a Band-aid.

The ultra-thin electronic device can be utilized as prosthetic skin for a robot hand as well as for other robotic devices. Such devices can be complemented with a robust human-machine interface allowing it to collect data and provide it to the wearer automatically. Apart from a lower comfort factor, the current wearable devices offer slow response time and are prone to reduced performance over time. Further, conventional wearable devices are also incompetent in offering multiple functionalities simultaneously, such as switching, sensing, data storage, and stimulation. Their functionalities are also influenced by external factors such as temperature and humidity.

In contrast, the new era of wearable devices comprises a metal oxide semiconductor on a polymer base that provides an edge in manufacturing. Such devices can also be processed at extreme conditions such as at temperatures lower than 300° C. The ultrathin wearable devices provide various advantages such as simple manufacturing, multifunctional capabilities, robust interfacing, and imperceptible wearing. Such a stretchable device will offer affordable, wearable HMI devices along with an enhanced operational capability and the possibility of enhanced human-machine interaction. 

Thus, researchers are eyeing ultra-thin electronics as a means to power the wearable market to the next level and generate better revenue for the stakeholders.

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