In 2014, Apple covered a groundbreaking Motorola invention / patent for electronic skin tattoos that could be used for health monitoring. The experimental device could also be applied to the throat region or integrated into a collar and be voice activated. The law enforcement army was experimenting with it as a tool they could use on individuals, like a new generation lie detector. The device was invented as an “MCD” or a mobile communication device. This was first presented publicly by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, who headed advanced research for Motorola, in an interview with Walt Mossberg.
The project was taken over by MC10 for Health Detectors and they advanced the technology as seen on their website under the name BioStamps. Dugan has attempted to advance electronic tattooing at Motorola, Google, and Facebook without much commercial success.
Now Samsung is working on an “expandable screen” device / patch that could be used as attached “biosensors” used to measure various health data. According to their FIG patent. 23 shown below, a biosensor can be an attachable biosensor, and can be attached to a surface of a living body such as a skin, a living body such as an organ, or an indirect means for contacting it. a living body such as clothing for detecting and measuring biological information such as a biological signal.
In some embodiments, the biosensor may include an electroencephalogram (EGG) sensor, an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, a blood pressure (BP) sensor, an electromyography (EMG) sensor, a blood glucose sensor (BG), a sensor photoplethysmography (PPG), accelerometer, RFID antenna, inertial sensor, activity sensor, strain sensor, motion sensor or a combination of these, but not limited to it.
The biosensor can be attached to a living body in a very thin patch type or strip type, so that biological information can be monitored in real time.
Samsung patent FIG. 22 above is a schematic view showing an example of a skin display panel in the form of a transparent patch.
The skin display panel (# 300A) can be an ultra-thin display panel and can be attached to a part of a living body such as a hand. The skin display panel may display particular (or, alternatively, predetermined) information such as various characters and / or images.
The skin display panel may include, in some exemplary embodiments, inorganic light emitting diodes, light emitting microdiodes, organic light emitting diodes, quantum dot light emitting diodes, or perovskite light emitting diodes, but not limited to.
Samsung is one of the major suppliers of Apple displays and it would be no different. Apple could take this next-generation thin and expandable display technology and use it in conjunction with a future Apple Watch or other iDevice or Mac for that matter. Apple made its Apple Watch the leading mobile health device and it could be a way to advance some health sensors like blood sugar or blood pressure, but in the form of a smart patch that could communicate with Apple Watch.
The display would provide consumers with real-time data, which is necessary for many health issues, especially diabetics. It could be designed as an Apple accessory or something that a third-party solution provider could use with Apple devices.
For details, see Samsung patent application 20210296599.
Just as Silicon Valley companies like Google and maybe Apple are working on smart contact lenses, smart patches that come in the form of expandable screens are another future breakthrough that is on the way.