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The Hidden Benefits of a Smart Watch



We’ve all seen or maybe even have a smartwatch, a watch that is basically a wrist phone that allows text, incoming calls, and emails to be seen if we don’t have our phone on us. However, it can be used for so much more and scientists want to help it reach that potential.

Wearable technology could do more than tell us who’s calling at six in the morning, but it could also help us understand our own bodies on a microscopic level. The wristband’s biosensors can monitor our heartbeat and breathing rate, but they are also fine enough to count the number of organic and inorganic particles in the environment like bacteria, allergens, and even the number of blood cells we have in our body.

How it works

The wristband is one flexible circuit board that wraps around the patient’s wrist and also includes the biosensor that makes all the functions possible. The sensor has several smaller parts, including a Bluetooth monitor that uploads the data to a phone, a circuit that helps interpret electric signals, and even a way to draw blood through small pinpricks.

The blood goes through the channel of the biosensor and the blood cells are counted, then the data is sent to the phone and displayed through an app.

Benefits for the world

Already doctors and hospitals are working on using the device to take accurate blood cell counts from patients without breaking out heavy and time-consuming equipment. This could bring a revolution to the way blood-based diseases are treated, in terms of both speed and accuracy for doctors.

Blood cell counts, both high and low, often signal to doctors that something is wrong in the body if the numbers do not match up to the equilibrium that’s supposed to be in the body. These diseases range from internal bleeding to cancer, and with the ability to upload data on the fly, doctors can have real-time information on how diseases work.

The sensors can also monitor particles in the air and take a sample of the environment that they are in, and people could monitor the danger of a polluted environment or miners could sample an underground environment to see if the air is safe to breathe.

Future promise

While this technology isn’t ready for public use as of yet, it does show some promising applications and is still undergoing testing, but if it works and is allowed to be consumed by the public it could revolutionize health care.

The wristband would more than likely integrate into a watch or other device that people already wear, and the features would work the same way.

It’s always interesting to me to read about all these discoveries and take a look at how the technology world not only is changing but also where it could go next. If we can have instant scans of the environment or our bodies at the touch of a button, what will we think of next and how will it change the world?

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