Next step in health behaviour

Move over fitbit, there’s a new kid on the block.

A new electronic health-monitoring device can sense a person’s temperature, analyze the chemicals in a drop of your sweat, and send the data wirelessly to a smartphone app.

Sweat itThe new sensor can measure four chemicals — glucose, lactate, sodium and potassium — simultaneously ­and in real time. This means that in the future, it can measure your physical and mental health. It could potentially measure stress, depression, diabetes, dehydration and poisoning from being exposed to chemicals.

This would be an interesting device to watch if you are engaged in health behaviour and or customer research. Perhaps in the future, we will be able to read how are customers are feeling. What would you do with that information?



Gao, W., Emaminejad, S., et al. (2016) Fully integrated wearable sensor arrays for multiplexed in situ perspiration analysis. Nature. 529, 509–514. Read the full article here


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