A researcher from the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronics & Biomedical Engineering recently secured a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award valued at $350,000

Dr. Shiyang Tang recieved the award for establishing an excellent record of research in the fields of liquid metal enabled micro-/nano platforms and bio-microfluidics.

It is hoped the outcomes from his project will benefit the advanced manufacturing sector by developing high-performance composites to revolutionize future wearable electronic technologies.

“I believe wearable devices are rapidly evolving particularly in the field of digital healthcare,” Dr Tang said.

“A straightforward example is smart watches that track activity and heart rate. I have my Fitbit tracker for years, but I am still surprised at how well the wearable technology has taken off.”

Dr Tang said smart devices will enable broader biomedical applications, with recent development in wearable devices measuring vital signs of patients unobtrusively.

“These devices aid the body to perform functions and there are even wearable devices for sweat analysis, which are able to measure different biomarkers such as ions, glucose, and lactate,” he said.

“Indeed, wearable devices are leading us to healthier and more efficient lives. But the revolution never stops.”

When asked what the future of wearable devices looks like, Dr Tang said “it is hard to give precise prediction”, but they should be “smaller, more realiable and more affordable”.

“They are expected to be biocompatible, soft, and stretchable, probably even without any rigid components, in order to fully conform to the human body and tissue,” he said.

“They are also expected to be intelligent and multifunctional, maybe even capable of interfacing with human brain by merging with artificial intelligence.”