DIY Toolkit Turns People’s Bodies Into Data-Tracking Machines [Video]

DIY Toolkit Turns People’s Bodies Into Data-Tracking Machines [Video]

BITalino lets people build their own projects or apps that track bodily data.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 7 february 2014

BITalino is a toolkit that allows people to build projects, systems or apps that can track bodily data like muscle activity and skin moisture.

Each BITalino kit includes Bluetooth, APIs for various platforms, and different types of sensors like an accelerometer, light sensor, electrocardiogram, electromyography, and electrodermal activity. The beauty of the affordable DIY kit is that these sensors can be used on their own or combined to build unique data tracking systems.

In a post on Wired, project lead Hugo Silva described the kit as a “do-it-yourself system to capture human physiology” and said they wanted to make it modular, similar to a LEGO kit.


BITalino was a result of a collaboration between PLUX – Wireless Biosignals, a bio-sensor maker co-founded by Silva in 2007 and Instituto de Telecomunicações, a non-profit research center.

The DIY toolkit, which costs around €149 or about $197, was launched last August and institutions like MIT, Stanford University and University of Florida have already partnered with the startup to provide kits to undergraduate students for their laboratory work in their first year.

Check out the video below for more about BITalino.


Source: Wired

Images: BITalino

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