The current technology revolution has seen the development of smartphones and smart watches, among other things. Gizmag recently reported that a Massachusetts company called MC10 has developed the “smart stamp,” which could prove to be the basis of a number of medical devices.
The device is officially called the Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP). The stamp, as thin as a human hair, contains a near field communications device (NFC) that can store and then send data to a nearby smartphone or any other NFC reader. The smart stamp can be worn for up to two days, then torn off, discarded, and replaced.
The beauty of the WiSP technology is that it can be customized for any kind of health monitoring as needed by the wearer. The smart stamp could be used as a heart monitor or as a lactate sensor. When the technology is developed, it might even be used for real-time monitoring of blood glucose levels, a boon for people living with diabetes. The device can be utilized by the wearer for tracking various health data points or in a clinical setting for quick evaluation and diagnosis of medical conditions.
MC10 has addressed security concerns by adding data protection and a read-only function. Ripping off the smart stamp will render it instantly inaccessible.
The company has not announced how much the smart stamp will cost or when it will be available for consumers and health care professionals. The company is forming a joint venture with PCH International, a product design company, to commercialize the WiSP technology.
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