Engineering invention at New York's Museum of Modern Art
Northwestern engineer John Rogers has elevated his cutting edge invention, a “bio-integrated lab," to a rare level of cultural prominence as part of a new exhibit in New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In addition to multiple versions of the device itself, the exhibit includes an animated video (above) from Northwestern to illustrate the technology and showcase potential future applications.
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The exhibit highlights the intersection of fashion and functionality, design and technology and science and art, providing Rogers a rare showcase for first-of-its-kind wearable that measures sweat for precision chemical analysis. Read more about Rogers' "bio-integrated lab" at MoMA.
More temporary tattoo than Fitbit
Next-level sweat analysis
About the size of a quarter, but soft and flexible like the skin itself, this simple, low-cost device collects sweat and analyzes key biomarkers to enable people to make important adjustments during a workout, like drinking more water or replenishing electrolytes. See Rogers describe the technology.
In the future
The "bio-integrated lab" could have even more applications where electronics integrate inside the body, for monitoring of chemistry and even regulating the body’s health.
Published: October 02, 2017. Updated: January 25, 2018.