Volume 94 Issue 5 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 1, 2016 | Web Date: January 28, 2016

Wearable Device Analyzes Sweat To Monitor User’s Health

Biomarkers: New head-, wrist-, and armbands go beyond Fitbits by detecting levels of glucose, lactate, sodium, and potassium in sweat
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: sweat, analysis, sensor, wearable

“Never let them see you sweat,” a slogan from 1980s deodorant commercials, is an admonition volunteers in a recent research study happily agreed to ignore. The subjects worked up a good sweat while exercising to test newly developed wristbands, armbands, and headbands that monitor skin temperature and compounds found in sweat.

Fitbit and other popular wearable fitness trackers can measure walking distances and heart rates. But the new system goes far beyond that to analyze . . .

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