Researchers from the FSU College of Engineering have recently been developing a breakthrough in motion sensors that could potentially change the world on wearable technology. In a recent report published in the journal known as Materials and Design, the engineers detailed how the project is not only cost-effective, but it is razor thin and incredibly producible for manufacturers.
The sensors will be made out of buckypaper, that are a large increase in the current technology available. This tech makes use of razor thin, flexible sheets of pure carbon nanotubes. Richard Liang, the director of the High Performance Materials Institute and professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering stated that “Current technology is not designed for that.
For sensor technology, you need it to be flexible, you need it to be affordable and you need it to be scalable. This new technology is versatile and the sensors are affordable to print. It’s a big innovation that presents many possibilities down the road.” At the current stage in this industry, there are several potential applications for this new technology. The limit is only set by the imaginations of the inventors who choose to use the software.
The design of low-profile sensors is something that could potentially change the industry on wearable medical devices. Researchers have been studying new ways that these sensors can take a new step toward the future of connected wearable devices. Doctoral candidate Joshua Degraff, the lead author of the study stated that “most projects don’t have this many possible applications. This material could be used in structural health monitoring, wearable technology and everything in between. I’m excited because this is something that can affect a lot of people in their everyday lives.”