Wearables and Health
Neural Implants for Speech TherapiesSpeech Centre Stimulation – ICN2 (Spain)
Flexible graphene can be used in brain implants that record and stimulate brain signals on the surface of the brain. These implants are more comfortable and less invasive because of graphene’s flexibility, while graphene’s intrinsic electronic properties make the implants more sensitive. High-performance brain implants will improve the understanding and treatment of neural diseases and progress towards brain-machine interfaces.
Controlling Robotic Limbs
Prosthetic Robotic Hand – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy)
Graphene nerve sensors control motion and force of artificial robot limbs. The fast response of graphene assures natural movement and gripping with non-invasive sensors and with a better bio-compatibility. This allows comfortable and responsive prosthetic hands for impaired people and demonstrates how graphene sensors could be used in biomedical devices.
Clean Water FiltrationWater Desalination – The University of Manchester, UK
Graphene and graphene oxide membranes have the potential to create the ultimate clean water filter that can remove chemicals, solutes, salts and compounds such as pesticides from water. Graphene and such membranes may be a viable future solution for desalination.
Infection MonitoringInfection Monitoring – KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
A single drop of blood from a prick in the finger contains vital information about a person's health. Graphene photodetectors can identify the "molecular fingerprint" of diseases. In case of epidemic outbreaks, rapid infection monitoring for mobile point-of-care-diagnostics will reduce the critical delay between sample collection and test result.
Health Tracking StickerUV Sensor Platform – ICFO (Spain)
Graphene provides a wellness-monitoring platform in a wearable sticker for real-time health monitoring of heart rate and blood oxygen over skin. The flexible and transparent graphene makes the wellness sticker highly sensitive as well as comfortable and discreet to wear. The continuous monitoring of vital statistics will improve patient care and sports performance.Graphene Shoes
Graphene can be added to smart shoes for multifunctional benefits including sensing, cooling and strength. Graphene materials make shoes more durable, more comfortable and provide pressure tracking. Smart footwear using graphene boosts athletic performance and comfort.
Smart Pressure-Sensing ShoesInsole Monitor – Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge (UK)
Graphene foam in insoles can be used to track the pressure distribution across the foot for sports analysis and podiatry. The lightweight graphene-embedded foam responds to variations in pressure for convenient tracking in all types of shoes. Smart shoes allow detailed performance monitoring for athletes and can provide feedback for people with foot conditions.
Fresh and Cool ShoesGraphene Shoe – IIT-Graphene Labs (Italy), BeDimensional srl (Italy), Fadel srl. (Italy)
The graphene soles in these shoes manage to keep feet cool, comfortable and fresh. Graphene keeps the feet cool with its excellent heat conductivity and enhances the sole’s antimicrobial properties. The multifunctional benefits of graphene enhance footwear for more comfort in your daily life.