Today’s big medical advance has some creepy undertones:
University of Illinois researchers have developed a tattoo-like electronic mesh that attaches to skin, and can measure vital statistics and report it wirelessly to a computer. The thin device includes electrodes, sensors, power, and a wireless communications system, in what looks like no more than a bandage, reports MIT Technology Review. The sensors can measure the hydration and temperature of the skin beneath it, as well as any strain being applied to the area. The mesh is applied by a rubber stamp, and it could be used to discreetly monitor a patient’s recovery sites after surgery.
Just a few years ago, I would have been hailing this as a marvel. But now that we have ObamaCare and centralized medical records held mandatorily by the IRS, this scares the bejeebus out of me. Because just wait until these snoops applied permanently — and by mandate.