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October 23, 2017

Lab on the skin: more tattoo than Fitbit

Bio-integrated Technology

Designed and manufactured by the Rogers Lab at Northwestern, the soft, flexible "Lab on the Skin" is the next generation of bio-integrated wearable technology. Professor John Rogers' Lab on the Skin couples perfectly with the skin to capture and analyze the chemistry of sweat – yet is as thin and flexible as a temporary tattoo. The Lab reports on key biomarkers detected in sweat, communicates wirelessly, and can connect with other devices for a more comprehensive snapshot of the wearer’s health.

Rogers is now already moving beyond just sweat to implement the technology in various clinical settings: to monitor infants in the hospital, to detect the presence of a biomarker for cystic fibrosis, and to use inside the body — on the heart and even on the brain. 

You put it on and forget it’s there. It’s almost like a second skin, completely non-irritating and bio-compatible.”

John Rogers

Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
McCormick School of Engineering

Director, Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics
Simpson Querrey Institute of BioNanotechnology

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