According to Megadeth there are 99 ways to die, but many of those -- blood clots, dehydration, heart attacks -- can be hard to detect except with a thorough medical examination. But since we can't spend all of our time under doctor's observation, a team of European researchers, including Fraunhofer Institute scientists, is developing a lab-on-a-chip wristwatch that monitors various bio-indicators of bodily disaster, warning wearers of impending doom before problems become life-threatening.
Inconveniently, this prototype wristwatch doesn't tell the time, but it will tell an athlete if his or her perspiration shows signs of dehydration, or whether a person wearing a pacemaker is wandering too close to a dangerous electromagnetic field. It can help an elderly person ensure his or her body temperature doesn't climb too high, and someday might even help diabetics monitor their blood sugar levels around the clock.
The watch itself is actually a mash-up of several lab-on-a-chip technologies, and could be customized for patients based on those conditions for which they are most at risk. Technologically speaking, new ultra-small biomarker sensors emerge all the time, like saliva tests that can instantly diagnose a heart attack, or single-drop, disposable blood tests that can rapidly scan the blood for indicators of impending thromboses. By stacking them in a single sensory device, the research team hopes to provide a means of catching potentially fatal medical incidents before they get into full swing.
Some of these systems are in their infancy and not necessarily suited for integration into a wristwatch device. The blood clot test, for instance, requires a prick with a needle and is generally only necessary in certain situations wherein the risk of blood clots is elevated, like when a patient is traveling by air (it's also designed for one-time use).
But advances in both polymer electronics and conventional sensors have made these lab-on-a-chip biosensors increasingly small and affordable, meaning in the very near future patients at risk for a battery of illness could wear a diagnostic watch at all times, providing them with a constant stream of biofeedback. And who knows, maybe they'll even integrate a clock into it.
According to Nerf Herders there are 5000 ways to die ;)
you: what time is it?
watch: time to die by glucose over dose
Wow. A "wristwatch doesn't tell the time"! That's hilarious.
I had an idea for something like this once, but it could be better. Instead of sampling the blood, a sensor inside the body (just beneath the skin) could do the same thing without drawing even a single drop of blood.
As a diabetic, I would love to have something that monitors my blood glucose in real-time without having to stab myself everytime I want to see the number. I'd be willing to pay big bucks for something that could do this for me. This would help so many diabetics like me who are a little to lax about keeping up with our blood sugars. I'd even be willing to have an implant that monitors my levels internally and then broadcasts the data to a device like a watch or phone. Bring on the bluetooth internal glucometers! lol
The usual ignorant commenters.
There is stuff that can measure blood without physical contact.__Its called noninvasive.
Color-Shifting Contact Lenses Alert Diabetics to Glucose Levels Popular Science 12-21-09
@207pc -- Why people feel the need to make comments like yours is beyond me. This site is geared towards learning, understanding and discovery. If you have information for someone you can offer it in a constructive manner. Next time you might try something like "Check out these links:", or "Hey, I found some information you might find interesting!"
It's comments like your previous one that stifle constructive, thought-provoking conversation on sites like this. If you're going to come here and participate, try to be a little more constructive, and a lot less condescending.
(BTW, just because you’ve heard of something, or got Google hits, doesn’t mean it’s a commercially available solution. Your only working link is about a product that has been discontinued, and the PopSci article you referenced talks about a new discovery, not a new product. There are no commercially available non-invasive glucometers approved for use in the United States.)
Thanks for showing us how smart you are.
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I love when i see the human race advanceing it's baffleing how far weve gone in such a small time 15 years ago none of this was possible this woould have been science fiction and we wouldve been saying man that's crazy thats not possible.but our enginuity and curiosty have given us new and intriuging ways to do things i used to say we would never go beyond our galaxy but i will tell you now we will get their and we will go where no other speacies has gone before i only hope our inventions are used for the greater good for it is human nature to turn our benefits into manners of destruction i love this article becouse tho it has flaws its goal is beutiful to beable to tell a man or women of a possible impending illness saving countless lives tho not great yet give it time and this will be come the swiss army nife of medical devices i wish the best of luck to those working on this product and the many other;'s working on variations of concept the human mind is TrulyVisionary. anyone reading work hard and be creative couse even you can do something speacial
"Before They Strikes" ?? Is thats likes some new Englash? ;)