by Ha Uk Chung, Bong Hoon Kim, Jong Yoon Lee, Jungyup Lee, Zhaoqian Xie, Erin M. Ibler, Kun Hyuck Lee, Anthony Banks, Ji Yoon Jeong, Jongwon Kim, Christopher Ogle, Dominic Grande, Yongjoon Yu, Hokyung Jang, Pourya Assem, Dennis Ryu, Jean Won Kwak, Myeong Namkoong, Jun Bin Park, Yechan Lee, Do HoonKim, Arin Ryu, Jaeseok Jeong, Kevin You, Bowen Ji, Zhuangjian Liu, Qingze Huo, Xue Feng, Yujun Deng, Yeshou Xu, Kyung-In Jang, Jeonghyun Kim, Yihui Zhang, Roozbeh Ghaffari, Casey M. Rand, Molly Schau, Aaron Hamvas, Debra E. Weese-Mayer, Yong gang Huang, Seung Min Lee, Chi Hwan Lee, Naresh R. Shanbhag, Amy S. Paller, Shuai Xu, and John A. Rogers
Published in Science, 01 March 2019. DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0780
Neonatal care, particularly for premature babies, is complicated by the infants' fragility and by the need for a large number of tethered sensors to be attached to their tiny bodies. Chung et al. developed a pair of sensors that only require water to adhere to the skin and allow for untethered monitoring of key vital signs (see the Perspective by Guinsburg). On-board data processing allowed for efficient wireless near-field communication using standard protocols. The absence of cables makes it easier to handle the infants and allows for skin-to-skin contact between the babies and their parents or caregivers.