It sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie, but Japanese inventors have built an ultra-thin nanomesh device that could revolutionise how healthcare professionals treat their patients.
University of Tokyo Professor Takao Someya created the wearable device which sits on the hand of users, and predicts widespread application across the medical industry in as little as three years, Yahoo reports.
"With this, even in home-care settings, you can achieve seamless sharing of medical data with your home doctors, who then would be able to communicate back to their patients," he said.
Among its features, the lightweight and wireless device could remind people to take medication, receive emojis and communicate with loved ones remotely.
Everyday users could also benefit from tracking different kinds of lifestyle-related data like heart rate or their running route.
Making up the display component of the device are a series of micro LEDs that have been implanted onto a rubber sheet, and can sit on human skin for up to a week without causing inflammation.
Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Texas, Professor Someya created the device in partnership with Dai Nippon Printing, a massive Japanese printing company.