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Next generation of wearables

Designed and manufactured by the Rogers Lab in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering, the soft, flexible bio-integrated lab is the next generation of wearable technology. Professor John Rogers’ lab couples perfectly with the skin to capture and analyze the chemistry of sweat – yet is as thin and flexible as a temporary tattoo. The lab reports on key biomarkers detected in sweat, communicates wirelessly, and can connect with other devices for a more comprehensive snapshot of the wearer’s health.

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Sweat patch in new Gatorade ad

Download images and b-roll of John Rogers’ bio-integrated lab, the technology behind the patch Serena Williams wears in Gatorade’s new commercial.

Want to hear more about the science? Check out Rogers’ work, and contact him directly through Northwestern’s Faculty Experts Hub.

The Technology

A bio-integrated lab. On the skin and inside the body

Animated video, featured in New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), showcases the wearable technology of today and tomorrow. This bio-integrated engineering and interconnected technology will provide continuous measurement of electrolyte loss, non-intrusive screening for disease, and in the future could go inside our bodies to correct an irregular heartbeat, improve the function of our brain, and achieve better control of our health.

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About the Inventor

You put it on and forget it’s there. It’s almost like a second skin, completely non-irritating and bio-compatible.”

John Rogers

Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery in the McCormick School of Engineering

Executive Director of the Center for Bio-integrated Electronics in the Simpson Querrey Institute of BioNanotechnology

Published: December 21, 2018. Updated: December 08, 2020.

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