Bandages are great for covering up cuts to let them heal and to prevent bacteria from getting into open wounds. Pain caused by aches and other symptoms on the other hand might not be so easy to treat, at least not by throwing a band-aid on it, which is why this wearable patch that helps relieve pain sounds like it could have its uses. Developed by Thimble Bioelectronics, this wearable patch is said to be based on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) that uses low voltage electrical stimulations to help provide relief to certain types of pain.
This wearable patch was inspired when Thimble Bioelectronics’ CEO and founder, Shaun Rahimi, was working on a device to help with his chronic back and arm pain. With an estimate of 1.5 billion people around the world living with chronic pain, Rahimi certainly believes that there is market for such a device. The specifics of the patch remain unknown at this point, but Thimble Bioelectronics claims that the patch will feature Bluetooth connectivity that will allow it to pair to smartphones, along with an accompanying app to track pain and to manage it. Its creators are aiming for a release later this year and are currently seeking iOS developers to help build their mobile app.