4-15-15- Dr. Hildy® and Melinda Kidder: NANO WORLD of Neurospheroids and NanoSensor Tattoo Monitoring
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1:00-3:00PM Pacific
(2:00-4:00pm Mountain; 3:00-5:00pm Central; 4:00-6:00pm Eastern)
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Nano Sensor Tattoo Monitoring
Over the last twenty years, the art of the tattoo has become one of the most common forms of art around. As more and more people of all ages are taking to body art as a form of self-expression, tattoos have become a social norm, and no longer hold the stigma they once did. But what happens when a tattoo becomes more than just art?
This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy welcomes returning guest, Melinda Kidder, owner of Columbia Investigations, to discuss the future of tattoos and how they will figure in to nano sensor monitoring.In previous shows, Dr. Hildy has touched on the idea of spray-on bio-sensors that will be able to monitor a number of conditions within your body.
The idea of a permanent bio-sensor, especially with the national trend of focusing on your personal health, would be appealing to many. Recently Motorola introduced the concept of a tattoo that could not only be used for monitoring, but also for authentication purposes – no longer will you need to remember a password to get into your devices or a website.But this technology is not a science-fiction dream.
A researcher at the University of California, San Diego has created a flexible sensor that uses a mild electrical current to measure glucose levels in a person’s body, a vital tool for those with diabetes. The new device is painless—It contains electrodes printed on a thin tattoo paper that patients can even dispose after use and is inexpensive, costing a few cents each. Eventually the tattoo will have Bluetooth capabilities to send this information directly to the patient’s doctor in real-time or store data in the cloud.
As with any advancements in technology, there are a number of ethical and legal issues that will need to be addressed, especially when it comes to wearable technology. Efforts will have to be made to maintain users’ privacy, and prevent these devices from being used to monitor people in the wrong way. The future may be technologically bright, but we are still in a murky area when it comes to its ethical use.
Join Dr. Hildy and her guest this week as they discuss tattoos and technology on One Cell One Light Radio!
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