Amorepacific Develops World’s First Chip-less Wireless Electronic Skin Enabled by Semiconductors

Amorepacific, a South Korean beauty and cosmetics conglomerate, in collaboration with Professor Kim Jeehwan at MIT, has developed the world’s first chip-less wireless wearable electronic skin (e-skin) that is sweatproof and can continuously monitor skin changes over long periods of time. The academic value and significance of this co-development are underscored by the publication of the research results in the prestigious journal Science, under the title of “Chip-less wireless electronic skins enabled by epitaxial freestanding compound semiconductors.” The result follows four years of joint research between Professor Kim’s engineering research team at MIT and researchers at Amorepacific’s R&I Center in Korea. The key outcome is the development of a conformable e-skin in the form of a breathable patch which is enabled by epitaxial freestanding compound semiconductors. The patches are patterned with artificial human sweat ducts to ensure that sweat permeates through to prevent skin irritation and keep the patch from falling off. The ultra-thin patches are also the world’s first to support skin monitoring and data transmission without requiring integrated circuit chips or batteries. 

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