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Smart Wristband With Wireless Link Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures

The smart wireless wristband.

Researchers at Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick have created a smart wristband that wirelessly send its data to a smartphone app.

Credit: Abbas Furniturewalla

Rutgers University–New Brunswick researchers say they have created a smart wristband with a wireless connection to smartphones that will enable a new era of personal health and environmental monitoring devices.

The university’s Mehdi Javanmard said, “It's like a Fitbit but has a biosensor that can count particles, so that includes blood cells, bacteria, and organic or inorganic particles in the air.”

The wristband includes a flexible circuit board and a biosensor, as well as a circuit to process electrical signals, a microcontroller for digitizing data, and a Bluetooth module to transmit data wirelessly.

Information from the biosensor is sent to a smartphone, where an app processes and displays the data.

The university’s Mehdi Javanmard said, "This would be really important for settings with lots of air pollutants and people want to measure the amount of tiny particles or dust they're exposed to day in and day out."

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