Believe it or not, but it seems that you can now get more in touch with your body only by using a few drops of sweat. Scientists have created a sweat-based health monitor, which is capable of keeping tabs of 4 different physiological parameters.
Health monitors, such as Fitbit or other, can come in handy if you are into running. Basically, such a device can check your heart rate and can track how many steps you’ve taken since you started to work out. However, these devices are somewhat limited, meaning that they are not capable of providing other data on your state of health.
Fitbit can be great for amateur runners, but quite useless for professional athletes who need to keep an eye out for other body parameters such as body temperature or sodium levels.
That’s where the team from Berkeley comes in. According to their statement, the team of scientists from the University of California was successful in crafting a device powerful enough to analyze complex physiological functions.
Moreover, the health sensor is small enough to fit into any armband or headband. Also, the little health tracker is capable of pairing off with any smart device. Thus, it is able to deliver real-time info about what goes on inside your body.
According to the team, the device is versatile enough to be used in various field of study. For example, medical examiners will now be able to use such a device to monitor the patient’s condition, without submitting him to painful and invasive procedures.
Although the device is still under development, it can still give you a feedback regarding your sodium, potassium, lactose and glucose levels by continually sampling your perspiration. With just a single drop of sweat, the nifty sensor is capable of telling if you’re suffering from dehydration or muscle fatigue.
The scientists have created a sweat-based health monitor which is able to analyze 4 major physiological functions. Apart from measuring the 4 major functions, the device is also capable of measuring your internal temperature, meaning that traditional thermometers will soon become obsolete.
The team stated that even though the device is still under work, the results are encouraging enough to make the team hope that they will soon make the sensor ready for the market.
This means that with a bit of medical training, anyone can now tell the difference between severe dehydration or muscle fatigue. Moreover, the monitor can also be used by those who are not necessarily professional athletes.