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Stretchable and flexible electronics reshaped for industry-driven aged-care technologies | RMIT

The convergence of lab-based discoveries and industry-need created reimagined products based on stretchable and/or flexible substrates.Soft electronics made of silicone were translated into a printed technology to create smart bedding products to monitor aged-care residents and improve quality of care. Working closely with manufacturers, the evolution of the technology from stretchable electrodes to a sensor array across a mattress, will be covered. This approach represented a new take on production of electronic textiles.Combining flexible substrates with surface mount components, composite structures have created a category of modular sensing skin patches. Based on clinical need, different sensor combinations have been utilised for aged-care health monitoring, with potential use cases targeted to dementia care and post-operative management.



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