Monday, February 1, 2010

Wireless Skin Patch Combines MEMS Sensors with RFID

Gentag Inc. and The Center for Orthopedic Research and Education are developing a disposable wireless skin patch to allow patients to use their mobile phones to self-monitor wounds after orthopedic surgery.

The idea is to combine advanced MEMS sensors in a skin patch with a disposable wireless chip capable of communicating with cell phones that integrate standard NFC-ISO 15693 RFID reader. Such cell phones include the iPhone via a soon-to-be released RFID retrofit.

The companies said their idea will help reduce post-orthopedic surgical-related medical costs by reducing the time spent in hospitals and detecting possible problems much earlier with less pain and risk.