14 Sensor Innovations Driving Digital Health

Amazing innovative sensors that are creating new and exciting ways to monitor health and wellbeing.

1. Sticky organ sensor

sticky organ sensor

Applying sensors to human organs can be useful when identifying health issues or analyzing biometric data as they pick up signals and provide information about the body that regular sensors may otherwise not be able to capture. Unfortunately technology and biology combined together often don’t gel though this may change thanks to a new gel-based sticky sensor developed by Japanese researchers that monitors electrical activity in the organ without slipping off.

Via Popsci

2. Ingestible sensor

proteus digital health
The ingestible sensor by Proteus Digital Health monitors when a patient has (or has not) taken their medication as well as providing biometric data such as heart rate, sleep patterns, physical activity and stress levels.

Via Proteus Digital Health

3. Body-worn glucose sensor

SugarSenz is body-worn glucose sensor patch that connects to an electronic component which wirelessly transmits the biometric data to the cloud. The patch is aimed toward health and fitness enthusiasts interested in tracking their blood sugar levels as opposed to diabetics.

Via Medgadget

4. Portable spectrophotometer

Colorimetrix is an app developed by the University of Cambridge in the U.K. that turns your smartphone into a portable spectrophotometer by analyzing urine test strips and providing a medical report. Colorimetrix can analyze conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections. The app works on lower-grade smartphones too which may help to combat certain health conditions in emerging countries.

Via Colorimetrix

5. Wearable UV sensor

Netatmo-June 750
The Netatmo June is a Bluetooth device which is fitted with UV sensors that alerts users when UV levels are high. The Netatmo June has been stylishly designed for the fashion-conscious in mind as well as being useful for those with sunlight sensitive skin.

Via Gizmag

6. Pill bottle sensor

AdhereTech is digital pill bottle that helps patients remember to take their medicine by calling their phone or sending a text message if they forget to take a pill. In critical cases the bottle may alert caregivers that the medicine hasn’t been taken.

Via AdhereTech

7. Stick-on health monitoring patch

Skin patch 2
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a patch-like sensor that moves with the skin and records and sends health information to synced smartphones and computers. The team behind the sensor believe it could modernize clinical monitoring like EKG and EEG as it doesn’t require the large wires, pads or tape, and patients found the patches to be more comfortable.

Via The University of Illinois

8. Electronic Skin sensor

Electronic skin patch
The ‘Electronic Skin’ sensor has been developed by Korean researchers and is worn on the wrist for monitoring and treating muscle disorders in people suffering from Parkinson’s or epilepsy. Medication embedded in the patch is administered through it by a diffusion-driven release of drug molecules through the skin. The silicon nanomemebrane sensors detect changes in electrical resistance to indicate a fast tremor or certain problem with the patient wearing it.

Via DamnGeeky

9. All-in-one skin sensor

HealthPatch is another biometric skin sensor developed by Vital Connect which fits on to a user’s chest and tracks a range of health indicators including heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture, steps and fall detection/severity. Regulatory cleared in the U.S., Europe and Canada, HealthPatch is capable of capturing clincial-grade biometric measurements continuously.

Via HealthPatch

10. Blood monitoring sensor

Sano Intelligence
San Francisco startup Sano Intelligence has developed a small, wearable patch sensor that can read and transmit blood chemistry data to an external device like a smartphone. The company call it “an API for the bloodstream” and the unobtrusive patch attaches to the body and analyzes blood biomarkers such as glucose and potassium. Having real time data of blood levels can benefit a range of people from diabetics to athletes to those who just want to ensure their body is optimized appropriately. And of course a patch sensor takes away the time consuming, inefficient and, to some, worrying process of injecting needles.

Via Fast Company

11. The bionic brain controlled sensor

becoming bionic
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has developed a prosthetic limb that is controlled by thought by reassigning the nerves to sensors that then move the artificial limb.

Via Bionicly

12. The heart sensor

John rogers heart sensor harvester

Another innovation coming out of The University of Illinois, the heart sensor harvester is a flexible sensor that fits around the heart to provide high-resolution monitorings of multiple cardiac health markers. So far it has been tested on a beating rabbit’s heart and has successfully measured heart rhythm, real-time changes in pH during restriction of blood supply and temperature fluctuations resulting from localized burns during experimental cardiac ablation.

Via The Scientist

13. The baby monitoring sensor

TempTraq is a continuous temperature monitor for babies which also records the temperature and sends alerts to the child’s parent. The 24hr patch is one-time use and is placed under the child’s arm. The TempTraq patch is expecting FDA approval this year.

Via TempTraq

14. The home health sensor


Cue, a miniature medical lab, give you metrics on the body’s inflammation, vitamin D levels, fertility, testosterone and influenza using microfluidics and a range of sensors straight from the comfort of your own home. Cue is expected to ship in spring this year under the FDA’s investigational devices exemption.

Via The Verge

Interview: Rick Valencia Of Qualcomm Life On Novartis Digital Health Tie-Up

Tagg dog collar

13 Wearable Tech Products For Pets