In addition, the fact that they used paper doesn’t seem to have limited the type of wearables they could create. The team says there is potential to make devices that monitor things like a person’s temperature and glucose levels. In addition, the sensors can work in real time and deliver robust data.
The benefits of a pencil and paper based health monitor are twofold. The first is that the materials needed to make them are inexpensive and easily accessible. In contrast to plastic and some other things from which we currently manufacture medical wearables, they are also quickly dismantled. The researchers see a future in which people will use technology to receive personalized home care. It could also help with remote research, especially during a crisis like the one we are now seeing in the coronavirus pandemic.
The usual reservations that go with a current research project apply here. It could take years for the team that invented the technology to find a way to commercialize it. They say their next step is to do more tests on the biomedical components.