Wireless and battery-free platforms for collection of biosignals

Biosens Bioelectron. 2021 Apr 15;178:113007. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2021.113007. Epub 2021 Jan 23.


Recent progress in biosensors have quantitively expanded current capabilities in exploratory research tools, diagnostics and therapeutics. This rapid pace in sensor development has been accentuated by vast improvements in data analysis methods in the form of machine learning and artificial intelligence that, together, promise fantastic opportunities in chronic sensing of biosignals to enable preventative screening, automated diagnosis, and tools for personalized treatment strategies. At the same time, the importance of widely accessible personal monitoring has become evident by recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Progress in fully integrated and chronic sensing solutions is therefore increasingly important. Chronic operation, however, is not truly possible with tethered approaches or bulky, battery-powered systems that require frequent user interaction. A solution for this integration challenge is offered by wireless and battery-free platforms that enable continuous collection of biosignals. This review summarizes current approaches to realize such device architectures and discusses their building blocks. Specifically, power supplies, wireless communication methods and compatible sensing modalities in the context of most prevalent implementations in target organ systems. Additionally, we highlight examples of current embodiments that quantitively expand sensing capabilities because of their use of wireless and battery-free architectures.

Keywords: Battery-free; Biosignals; Diagnostics; Sensors; Therapeutics; Wireless.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioelectric Energy Sources
  • Biosensing Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Biosensing Techniques / trends
  • COVID-19 / physiopathology
  • Electric Power Supplies
  • Electrophysiological Phenomena
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Remote Sensing Technology / instrumentation
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Telemetry / instrumentation
  • Wearable Electronic Devices
  • Wireless Technology / instrumentation*
  • Wireless Technology / trends