Latest invention of an ultra thin electronic skin turns your hand into an LED
The trend of wearing a smart watch on your wrist is gradually disappearing; after all, you have your cell phone don’t you? And yes there are great timepieces encrusted with jewels made by the likes of Cartier and what not but don’t they belong in a museum rather than your wrist? What if you were given an LED to wear not just on your wrist but woven into your skin, how cool is that! It would be amazing and yes the technology to create one has already been developed by none other than the Japanese.
The micro thin electronic skin LED is an extremely flexible electronic display that measures just three micrometers thick or 0.003mm. That’s 13 times thinner than a strand of your hair. Now is that something awesome or what?
1 Electronic LED Fitted Into Your Hand? Unbelievable!
In what could be the world’s thinnest LED display, a single unit is complete with LED lighting that fixes to your skin The skin electronic LED is a technological marvel built by overcoming extremely complex challenges which makes it presently impractical to be produced for the market.
The super thin LED has an extremely low intensity of heat, which makes it wearable on the skin. It works on low power and can be used for a really long time. The device features a higher durability factor than all similar devices attempted in the past. The biggest problem attributed to earlier prototypes was the poor battery power, making the device shut off after a short while.
2 The Electronic Skin LED Works with Human Movement
To overcome every obstacle of technology faced by gadgets of the past, researchers of Tokyo University devised something near magical. What they developed was a layer called “A Passivation layer that protected the micro thin device from breaking or stretching. It also prevented water vapor and oxygen from entering the device which would make it work better. The passivation layer enables you to bend your hand without affecting the device’s efficiency or components, which were entirely flexible to withstand any movement.
The breakthrough device was reported in Science Advances. Scientists also observed that when the micro thin electronic skin LED with its colored lighting was fitted with an oxygen sensor working through human skin, the device retained illumination up to 4 days. It also worked beautifully with perfectly accurate readings and measurements.
3 Technology of the Future? How Will It Affect Us?
The lights built within the device are not just ordinary LED lighting, they are technological marvels known as “organic polymer light emitting diodes” (PLED), these are minuscule sheets of lights that work very efficiently with an energy source. They can be turned off and on with an electrical pulse.
Is this a futuristic situation where we may soon be wearing LEDs on our wrists or the back of our hands? Imagine the outcome of such a scenario actually happening. Well! The technology of micro thin electronic skin LED has been invented; it’s just a matter of time when we take a step into such a future. The question remains how this will change our lives. Well criminals or lawbreakers may not have to wear a ankle tag anymore, neither will watches be required.
4 Watch the Video of the Amazing Micro Thin Electronic Skin LED
Imagine the medical possibilities of such a gadget featuring blood pressure readings, diabetetic blood sugar levels, the human pulse or warnings of any impending medical emergency. Such a device could be a virtual notice board of information on an individual. Construction workers need not even carry heavy diagrams up a construction site; it would all be there on the imprint on your skin. Sounds interesting and amazing too doesn’t it?
Still can’t believe? Then watch the video below.