Japanese diaper sensor will tell you when baby needs changing


AFP
February 10, 2014

Embedded organic sensor will wirelessly let a carer know changing is needed. / Photo by brooklyn skinny, Flickr

Embedded organic sensor will wirelessly let a carer know changing is needed. / Photo by brooklyn skinny, Flickr

A disposable organic sensor that can be embedded in a diaper and wirelessly let a carer know it needs changing was unveiled by Japanese researchers on Monday.

The flexible integrated circuit printed on a single plastic film transmits information and receives its power wirelessly, and could potentially be manufactured for a few yen (US cents), the developers told AFP.

The system, which uses organic materials that can be printed with inkjet technology, was developed by a team led by professors Takayasu Sakurai and Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo.

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