The Bottom Line
While hydrogels have been the standard in healthcare for decades, they are cumbersome and costly to run due to numerous changeovers, greater potential for waste, expensive packaging requirements, and special handling requirements when compared to OMNI-WAVE™. With comparable raw material costs, this process will be the low-cost option for any mid- to high-volume wearable device, especially if the packaging can be fully automated, as is done at Innovize.
Hydrogels still have their place in wearable sensors; however, the OMNI-WAVE™ material offers both savings in total cost and longer shelf life if it meets the requirements for your specific application, thereby resulting in higher net margins per unit.
Innovize and FLEXcon would be thrilled to collaborate on your next wearable sensor project. We can’t wait to connect!