"Smart" Bandages That Track And Treat Wounds

Engineers are taking band-aids to the next level. MIT engineers are creating the bandage of the future. Though the original design of the Band-Aid hasn't changed much since its 1920 invention, the "smart" bandage is more like a long-lasting, high-efficiency human body electronic device than your traditional bandage. These bandages will be made from stretchable hydrogel, and will include technology that can monitor wounds, administer drugs, and even alert a doctor when more medicine is needed. The hydrogel mimics the feel and capabilities of human skin for a comfortable, long-term fit. Inserted in the bandage are LED lights attached to the sensors, that will light up when a wound reaches a concerning temperature. In the future, the engineers are hoping to create probes to actually go inside the brain and body.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. MIT engineers are creating "smart" bandages made of hydrogel, which mimic the mechanical and physiological properties of the human body. 00:19

  2. MIT engineers are creating a smart, hydrogel-based would dressing with sensors. 01:00

  3. MIT engineers are looking to create hydrogel-based implantable devices in the future. 01:33

Written by Curiosity Staff December 28, 2015

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