Your Sweat May Power a New Wave of Wearables
Study proposes that sportswear shouldn't just be wicking our data-rich sweat off
If you’re in the middle of a workout, sweating is usually a great sign. We often take it to mean that the workout is working and see the amount of sweat as proportional to calories burned. A scientific paper proposes that sweat can tell far more than that. It may also be able to quantify a person’s metabolism, electrolyte levels and skin temperature.
The research paper entitled “Fully integrated wearable sensor arrays for multiplexed in situ perspiration analysis,” written by 14 authors from the University of California – Berkeley as well as the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Stanford School of Medicine, speaks of flexible strips they have built that continuously test and record data about the composition of sweat.