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Fit-Tech Feature: Hack Hydration With Gatorade’s Wearable

Hydration is a tough one to track. Your hydration levels can vary from the weather to the type of exercise you are doing to how much water you drank in the last twelve hours. Well the sports drink authority, Gatorade is designing a wearable of sorts to help you gage when it’s time to rehydrate.

Northwestern University and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (yes, that’s a real thing) are the designers behind the tiny tracking patch. The project headed by Dr. John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and neurological surgery at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering.

The gadget is a transparent, quarter-sized silicone patch made to fit anywhere on the body. As your body produces sweat, the perspiration enters into the patches channels. The sweat triggers a dye indicating the levels of chloride in the wearer’s sweat. The work Rogers and his team does with GSSI involves converting how the loss of sweat in a small area correlates to a person’s total sweat loss, establishing a calibration factor. The result is an instant hydration reading that can be understood. For a more detailed overview, users can send a picture off for software analysis.

Gatorade Wearable

Swimming in Data

The patch has been in testing with a number of pro and college teams, including the Seattle Mariners. In fact, one of the most impressive features of the patch is that it can be worn submerged in water. 

Meaning that swimmers can track when would be the ideal times to rehydrate the body. Although, in during the testing the phase the patches can be re-worn if sterilized. The company is looking to produce single use instead. This product isn’t a figment of the future either. You may even see it on shelves as soon as this year. 

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Lesley George

Lesley is a content writer and community manager at Shape.

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