Researchers have developed a new silver nanowire sensor that has the potential to significantly improve long-term patient health monitoring. The new sensor is as accurate as those used in hospitals, and thanks to its dry nature and flexibility, is well suited to electrophysiological monitoring when the patient is moving around.

The sensors, which consist of a single layer of nanowires embedded in a stretchable polymer, are also more accurate than existing technologies when monitoring electrophysiological signals over longer periods of time, when the patient is moving about.