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New Graphene-Based Wearables to Monitor Human Health Stats

Often touted as the miracle material of the future, these new graphene-based wearables could provide significant advances in fields from healthcare to drug trafficking detection.

The fitness band is one of ICFO's graphene-based wearables that will be showcased at MWC 2019 | ICFO

The fitness band is one of ICFO's graphene-based wearables that will be showcased at MWC 2019 | ICFO

In an effort to turn mobile phones into life-saving devices, Barcelona-based company ICFO developed graphene-based wearables that inform users about their health statistics. The devices will be showcased at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2019 in Spain as part of the Graphene Pavilion prototype exhibit.

One of these wearable technologies is a UV patch that measures the UV levels a person is exposed to. To demonstrate its capability, MWC 2019 guests can wear the patch to monitor their levels of exposure to sunlight.

The wearable patch can connect to any mobile device to alert users if they already reach the defined threshold of sun exposure safe for humans.

Aside from the graphene-based UV patch, ICFO also developed a fitness band using the same core technology. The band can measure hydration, heart rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, and breathing rate while a person is doing an activity like exercise.

Graphene-based Wearables for Counterfeit Drug Detection

ICFO will also showcase two highly sophisticated graphene-based wearables. One is considered to be the world’s smallest single-pixel spectrometer and the other is a graphene-enabled hyperspectral image sensor.

Both of these devices have broadband capabilities once thought to be beyond possible without expensive or bulky photodetection systems. With compact spectroscopy, people will now have access to a laboratory-grade tool capable of boosting security checks.

These wearables can detect smuggled illegal drugs and harmful substances hidden within normal products like food on airports and trade or transport hubs.

“Built into a smartphone camera, the graphene-based camera sensor allows phones to see more than what’s visible to the human eye,” Frank Koppens, Chair of the Graphene Flagship MWC Committee, was quoted as saying. “Made up of hundreds of thousands of photodetectors, this incredibly small sensor is highly sensitive to UV and infrared light.”

“This technology would allow users in the supermarket to hold the camera to fruit and infer which is the most fresh piece. Or, in a more extreme example, the camera could be used for driving in dangerously dense fog by providing augmented outlines of surrounding vehicles on the windscreen.”

The graphene-based wearables will be exhibited at the NEXTech Hall during MWC 2019 from February 25th to 28th.

Read More: Scientists Discover New Properties Of Graphene Materials

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    Kalender Kiliç March 04 at 10:27 pm GMT

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