Researchers develop sweat analyzing wearable for precise health monitoring

Sweatbit wearable health monitor

Sweat can tell lot about a person’s health and quite often we ignore the signs like constant odor or color in sweat. According to experts sweat contains chemicals, electrolytes, proteins and heavy metals which when studied can reveal a person’s internal health as well as hydration levels. Researchers at University of California, Berkley have developed a sensor-enabled wearable which analyses person’s sweat and based on it gives health stats and also physiology insights. That means tracking of body functions in depth, and the use of this wearable will span beyond fitness tracking. It will be used in medical field to know about patient’s body functions in detail.

Leading the development of this wearable sensor dubbed ‘Sweatbit’ is Professor Ali Javey who believes it is going to be a revolutionary product of the future as it bridges the gap between chemistry and elctro-engineering. This flexible Bluetooth-enabled band can be wrapped around individual’s arm or forehead and it measures skin temperature level and four chemicals in sweat: Sodium, glucose, potassium and lactate. All these measurements are then presented in a cool interface on the accompanying app on smartphone.

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It’ll be much better than taking blood samples or other health monitors

The array of sensors in this wearable detect the concentration of different chemicals in sweat and the data is transmitted to a smartphone. Instead of getting a blood sample for a patient, the wearable will be able to take the reading of health in real-time on the back of a medical practitioner’s watch.

The Sweatbit prototype is currently in development and improvement stages and in the coming year’s we’ll be able to see a commercial product which will be more than useful to the society.

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Source: Nature Via: SMH

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