The technology may eventually turn scientific wonders - including artificial skin, smart bandages
, flexible displays, smart windshields, wearable electronics and electronic wallpapers - into everyday realities, they say.
In laboratory tests of the prototype smart bandages
, which the researchers describe in the Sept.
The type of garments created include firefighters' equipment with vital sign and global positioning sensors; clothes which monitor the status of an individual's blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels and other signs; and smart bandages
, which monitor how a wound is healing.
Wireless Technologies -- WPANs/WBANs/MBANs -- WLANs, Wi-Fi -- WiMAX -- ZigBee -- Bluetooth -- ANT -- Ultra-wideband (UWB) -- E-textiles -- Radar -- Web conferencing -- Capsule endoscopy -- Implantable and ingestible sensors -- Epidermal electronics -- Smart bandages
-- Smartphone apps -- RFID, RTLS, IPS
The report projects both the volumes and the value of printed batteries used in powered smart cards, RFID, smart packaging, electronic shelf labels, cosmetic and pharmaceutical patches, smart bandages
, military and civilian sensors, and disposable electronics.