1. Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

    Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

    Within five to seven years a piece of clothing -- a watch band, a bandage -- might be able not only to monitor the wearer's heart rate but also perform more sophisticated diagnostic tasks, even harvesting sweat to instantly get a handle on body chemistry and hydration. And research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is helping to make that happen, now with the help of $500,000 from the state. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding Friday with a visit to the campus' Institute for Applied Life Sciences and its Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.

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