BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of scientists from Berkeley was successful a device that can successful monitors four different physiological parameters by using a drop of sweat. According to the team in charge of the project, the sweat sensor works better than Fitbit, thus marking a new age in the area of health monitors.
Fitbit may be great if you’re into running around the block. It’s a pretty decent way to monitor your heart rate and to see how many steps you’ve taken since you started your session. But, as one of the scientists working on the project noted, health monitors such as Fitbit are more physical oriented, meaning they’ll only capable of providing you with limited health information.
The new device, very small in size, can be mounted on a band, which can be worn either on the arms or on the head. The sweat sensor pairs off with your smartphone to feed you real-time information about your physiological status.
Moreover, apart from measuring your heart rate and blood pressure, the device will also be able to measure your internal temperature and monitor your glucose, lactose, potassium and sodium levels. This might come in handy because, with a little bit of medical training, anyone looking at the numbers can figure out when they’re suffering from severe dehydration or muscle fatigue.
The sweat sensor works better than Fitbit, and will soon become available on the market. The novel device has been created in the labs at the University of California. Ali Javey, a professor of bionics, stated that the new device will revolutionize the way we look at health monitors.
As stated, the sensor is small enough to fit into any training gear, like armbands or headbands. The sensor pairs off with your smartphone or another mobile device via a Bluetooth connection.
Javey also mentioned the fact the device is capable of analyzing the multiple chemicals found in our sweat, which is considered to be something of a gold mine. For about 50 years, the medical specialists have known about the importance of sweat and what health information it could provide.
Up until know, analyzing sweat was an ample and quite invasive procedure, but thanks to the latest research in computer sciences, the procedure was simplified.
Presently, the team is still working on the device. They’re hoping that the device will soon be ready to hit the markets.
Maybe the new sweat analyzer won’t be as cool as the Fitbit, but it can feed us far more relevant information than the health tracker ever could.