Wearable That ‘Tastes’ Skin Could Help Diabetics and Athletes

Diabetics and athletes alike could soon be able to test their blood sugar and lactic acid levels to measure those health stats with a wrist-worn device that can virtually “taste” through the skin, according to device maker PKvitality.

The company’s $149 K’track Glucose wrist-worn tracker absorbs fluid that contains those chemicals through the underside of the device.

Wearable That 'Tastes' Skin Could Help Diabetics and Athletes

The benefit for diabetics is that they’ll no longer have to endure finger pricks when they need to check their blood sugar levels. Plus, they could save money on testing strips needed to test blood sugar levels using traditional glucose monitoring methods.

For athletes, a separate $199 K’Track Athlete wearable detects lactic acid levels, which indicate how well the body is responding to workouts and and how long an athlete should allow for recovery after intense exertion, PKvitality explains. Since the device is a wearable, athletes won’t have to stop their workout to measure lactic acid levels.

More info: livescience

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