By Stephen Nellis
(Reuters) – A group of tech companies is working on a patch about the size of small bandage that could be worn to monitor for the elevated body temperatures that can sometimes signal the onset of COVID-19.
The patch would be powered by a specially designed microchip that will be made in Minnesota at a chip factory operated by SkyWater Technology in collaboration with Ohio-based chip design firm Linear ASICs and New York investment firm Asymmetric Return Capital. The patch is intended to be worn on the skin and to connect wirelessly to a smart phone to monitor a person’s body temperature, the companies said.
The group aims to produce a device to monitor temperatures remotely that can be manufactured in high volumes.
“This will be especially important as we head into flu season later this year,” Bryan Wisk, a founding partner at Asymmetric Return Capital, said