MC10 is at the forefront in developing flexible electronics that can be applied to the skin like a sticker. There are many areas in which flexible electronics will serve as a catalyst for innovation, but their use in the design of medical devices is especially promising. Continuous monitoring of vital signs and other physiological processes will be feasible, practical and convenient. The technology could also be used for drug delivery, possibly with large molecule therapies that could be introduced transdermally.
The Fraunhofer Institute is also developing flexible electronics using polyurethane as the substrate for circuit boards.
Flexible electronics seem to be moving rapidly from research to commercialization. I expect that within the next year we will see flexible electronics being used in medical device design in significant ways. Device designers would do well to stay abreast of this important trend.