Compliant lightweight non-invasive standalone “Marine Skin” tagging system

J.M. Nassar, S.M. Khan, S.J. Velling, A. Diaz-Gaxiola, S.F. Shaikh, N.R. Geraldi, G.A. Torres Sevilla, C.M. Duarte & M.M. Hussain
npj Flexible Electronics, volume 2, article number 13, (2018)

Compliant lightweight non-invasive standalone “Marine Skin” tagging system


Electircal and electronic engineering, Polymers


​Current marine research primarily depends on weighty and invasive sensory equipment and telemetric network to understand the marine environment, including the diverse fauna it contains, as a function of animal behavior and size, as well as equipment longevity. To match animal morphology and activity within the surrounding marine environment, here we show a physically flexible and stretchable skin-like and waterproof autonomous multifunctional system, integrating Bluetooth, memory chip, and high performance physical sensors. The sensory tag is mounted on a swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus) and is capable of continuous logging of depth, temperature, and salinity within the harsh ocean environment. The fully packaged, ultra-lightweight (<2.4 g in water), and compliant “Marine Skin” system does not have any wired connection enabling safe and weightless cutting-edge approach to monitor and assess marine life and the ecosystem’s health to support conservation and management of marine ecosystems.


DOI: 10.1038/s41528-018-0025-1


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