Millions of athletes and arthritis patients turn to disposable pain relief patches designed to soothe aching joints and muscles. The new development of a flexible smart patch could eventually enable users to wirelessly control the exact temperature of their heat therapy with their smartphones. The smart patch relies upon the design of stretchable, flexible copper springs to conduct power to a series of tiny, interconnected heating pads. Engineers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia hope their smart patch could eventually begin to replace the 4.2 billion chemical-based patches sold for pain relief every year. But first, they want to introduce more flexible electronic components to replace the electronics hardware and battery in their current prototype. “We can make anything from silicon or other inorganic thin films with pre-fabricated devices stretchable and flexible,” says Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, an associate professor of electrical engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. “That’s kind of our forte.” Most flexible electronics have yet to become ordinary products sitting on store shelves. But Hussain has always wanted to apply the promise of flexible electronics to simple, inexpensive products that anyone could buy. His team is talking with a company that represents a major brand in thermal patches about the possibility of developing the lab prototype into a commercial product…. Read full this story
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