A group of researchers from North Carolina State University, the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are behind a clock that wants to revolutionize sports practice and also manage health of its users.
It is a device that is placed as a wrist watch and that measures the chemistry of the body, thus being able to detect from dehydration to the follow-up of the athletic recovery, possible diseases and stress levels.
"This technology allows us to test a wide range of metabolites in almost real time," says Michael Daniele, co-author of the work and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University.
These metabolites are those that allow to know the metabolic state of an individual and this for example could indicate if someone is outside normal parameters for a sports exercise, to adapt efforts in the same athletic case or to see if there are any body functions that may Be an indicator of some health problem.
Michael Daniele, I explain how they use body chemistry with this watch.
"For this proof of concept study, we test the sweat of human participants and monitor glucose, lactate, pH and temperature."
This device has a replaceable plastic strip that has chemical sensors and this is the one that comes in contact with the sweaty skin, this data is then interpreted by a hardware and transmits the results to the watch and then to a cell phone.
"The device is the size of an average clock, but it contains an analytical device equivalent to four of the bulky electrochemical devices currently used to measure metabolite levels in the laboratory," says Daniele. "We have done something that is truly portable, so it can be used in the sports field. ”
The author of the device also added that, “we are optimistic that this hardware could allow the new technologies to reduce casualties during military or athletic training, by detecting health problems before they become critical. You can also improve training by allowing users to track their performance over time. For example, what combination of diet and other variables improves the user's ability to perform? ”, Closed.