The sensor provides simple to fabricate and deploy (attaches like a bandage), stretchable, flexible and conforming (amplifies and improves pulse signal). Also it is biocompatible.


Stanford Reference: 14-024


Stanford researchers have developed a wearable, flexible, high sensitivity pressure sensor that provides information about cardiovascular health, emotional state, and other aspects of human physiology. Attached like a medical bandage, the ultra-thin sensor measures pulse waveforms over arteries or veins with high repeatability (> 3000 cycles). Bio-inspired microstructures enhance the skin-device interface and amplify the signals of physical forces.

In proof of concept, researchers applied the sensors on the skin over arterial or venous sites to measure pulse waveforms. The waveforms provide important cardiovascular information for healthcare monitoring. Integrated into a simple, portable transmitter and receiver, the device can quickly diagnose cardiovascular and cardiac illnesses.

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Pressure sensors with end user applications in:

Physiological / healthcare monitoring
Medical devices, especially cardiovascular


Simple to fabricate
Simple to deploy – attaches like a bandage
Stretchable, flexible and conforming – amplifies and improves pulse signal
High repeatability (> 3000 cycles)


C. Pang, J. H. Koo, A. Nguyen, J. M. Caves, M. G. Kim, A. Chortos, K. Kim, P. J. Wang, J. B.-H. Tok, Z. Bao, "Highly Skin-Conformal Microhairy Sensor for Pulse Signal Amplification". Advanced Materials, 27(4), pp.634-640.

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Bao Research Group

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