*This* is the future of wearables – the Fitbit plastic wristbands and other variants are merely temporary in between steps to discreet, personal stickers.
No larger than a postage stamp and as thin as a human hair, these devices consist of an antenna and thinned near-field communication chip mounted onto a stretchable adhesive. Disposable, wearable anywhere on the body – these can be used wherever, and whenever is necessary.
The implications for the personal data being gathered and shared with healthcare providers and insurance companies is another frontier in privacy, that personally I feel reaches Gattaca levels.
Fascinating work on invisibly embedding technology that measures us throughout the day (and night?)…someday wearables will be disposable, 3D printed textile-based “devices” that can measure whatever we, and our doctors deem important (or maybe…not so important; I call that navel gazing); then our pharma printers can supply us with our customized supplements and medicines to compensate for whatever we need.