Researchers are attempting to create better wearable technology by focusing on sweat and a human’s range of motion.
The wearable tech of today is more of a trend than a technological breakthrough. For those of us who use Fitbits and smartwatches to keep track of our steps and heartrates, the readings are more of an estimate than an accurate measurement. Due to the skin’s protective nature, it can provide biosensors with misleading data since it harbors bacteria and collects salt and other minerals found on the skin from dried sweat.
A sensor that can measure biometrics effectively must have the ability to stretch and bend as it adheres to human skin. Two focused research groups from the University of Cincinnati and the University of British Columbia are attempting to create better wearable technology by overcoming the barriers of the human skin.
Harnessing Data from Sweat