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Opinion: Flexible electronics are the key to a human ‘check engine’ light

The future of medical monitoring won't require us to be cyborgs. Flexible sensors will do it subtly.

You probably know more about the health of your car than you know about your own health. When your car needs an oil change or a part is malfunctioning, embedded computers instantly let you know there is an issue. A similar “check engine” light remains the elusive grail of human health. New developments in patient recovery and health monitoring devices make me believe it will soon be within our grasp.

Today, most advanced clinical-grade monitoring equipment can’t leave the hospital and go home with the patient. The technology also limits the kind of information that wearable fitness devices can provide people during workouts and in daily life. Another big hurdle other is the inability to create a “personal baseline” for people. That is traditionally defined

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