Smart stitches coming to a hospital near you
by firstname.lastname@example.org in hardware on (#1PPZG)
We already have smartphones, smart TVs and smart cars, so why not leverage technology to include smart stitches? Using tiny sensors and electronics layered into fibers like cotton or various synthetics, super-small-scale electronics called â€œnano-scale sensorsâ€ and â€œmicrofluidicsâ€ are inserted into the sutures to monitor things like pressure, stress, strain and body temperature â€” as well as pH and glucose levels. This data from the sutures can transmit wirelessly in real time to a cellphone or computer, giving doctors a better idea of how a patient is healing and whether an infection is starting. Although theyâ€™ve only been tested in vitro, on ratsâ€™ tissue, so further studies are needed, but researchers are confident with the results theyâ€™ve seen so far.