Smart Bandage

Health problems continue to grow, both in developing country where education and health issues are poorly addressed, and in so called developed countries where healthcare is still seen as a luxury rather than a basic human necessity. One of the major health problems is diabetes, and the chronic skin wounds accompanied by it. More than 25 million Americans suffer from such wounds and with growing confusion regarding healthcare in the U.S. and diabetes cases expected to double or triple, the need for a new innovative and affordable solution to deal with this problem grows.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have come up with a design for a new concept they are calling a smart bandage. These bandages can be customized depending on the specific health issue they are tackling. They use electrically conductive fibers coated in a gel that can contain anti-biotics or painkillers depending on the issue. The bandage contains a small controller operated by a smart device, this controller sends electric signals to the chosen fiber to release whatever was placed in the gel.


  • Researchers working on the project
  • Hospitals and other medical centers that can adopt the technology and provide it to patients
  • Manufacturers of the microtechnology used in the bandage
  • Patients with limited access to healthcare
  • Organizations such as the WHO that can back and promote the technology potentially

Next Steps
The project is still in preliminary testing phase. The first step should be reaching out to the WHO and other potential backers to start manufacturing and conducting final tests on humans. Reach out to hospitals in areas with high diabetes cases such as West Virginia and get them to potentially cooperate and provide further data to help with the research. Finally, since the controllers can be operated using smart devices, develop and provide information about how we plan to stop hackers and other potential risks.

By: Ahmad Al Zubair (aa4098)

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Comment on “Nature-inspired water collection system
I find the technology very interesting as it utilizes natural properties of the materials used to suck up the water from the air. The technology also does not require an external source of energy which tackles major sustainable issues related to other water harnessing options such as desalinization.


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