Sensors may play an important role in fast and easy do-it-yourself tests for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to new research.
Scientists at the German research institute Fraunhofer IZM have unveiled a measuring device that can quickly spot a person at risk of developing DVT and such is the speed of use, its creators believe it can be operated on long-haul flights.
Passengers would relinquish just one drop of blood for the device to work
Furthermore, it is hoped production of the chip and its incorporated sensors can be manufactured in plastic to lower costs and possibly introduce disposable measuring systems
Professor Karlheinz Bock, head of polytronic systems at the institute, commented that the device highlighted the possibilities for the sector and suggested such systems were needed for a "networked world".
He added "The sensor wristband demonstrates the potential that lies within the flexible electronics mounted on foils."
This news comes in a week when many European airline passengers have been met with mass cancellations due to a cloud of volcanic ash, which left many customers stranded.