Disruptive, soft, wearable sensors

Yunzhi Ling, Tiance An, Lim Wei Yap, Bowen Zhu, Shu Gong, Wenlong Cheng

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The wearable industry is on the rise, with a myriad of technical applications ranging from real-time health monitoring, the Internet of Things, and robotics, to name but a few. However, there is a saying “wearable is not wearable” because the current market-available wearable sensors are largely bulky and rigid, leading to uncomfortable wearing experience, motion artefacts, and poor data accuracy. This has aroused a world-wide intensive research quest for novel materials, with the aim of fabricating next-generation ultra-lightweight and soft wearable devices. Such disruptive second-skin-like biosensing technologies may enable a paradigm shift from current wearable 1.0 to future wearable 2.0 products. Here, the state-of-the-art progress made in the key phases for future wearable technology, namely, wear → sense → communicate → analyze → interpret → decide, is summarized. Without a doubt, materials innovation is the key, which is the main focus of the discussion. In addition, emphasis is also given to wearable energy, multicomponent integration, and wireless communication.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1904664
Number of pages13
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2020


  • biosensors
  • flexible electronics
  • soft electronics
  • wearable sensors

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