Type

Conference Proceedings

Authors

Dermot Diamond
Noel E. O'Connor
Alan F. Smeaton
Robert Byrne
Shirley Coyle
Fernando Benito-Lopez

Subjects

Physiotherapy & Sport

Topics
kinematic analysis chemistry real time biomedical engineering physical exercise poly methyl methacrylate physiology sports sciences

The smart sweatband (2009)

Abstract Real-time analysis of sweat loss is an exciting prospect for the sports industry. Replacing the fluids and electrolytes lost during exercise is vital to ensure adequate hydration which affects health and performance. We have developed a wearable device to provide immediate feedback to the user regarding the pH level of their sweat. An array of pH indicators are used to create a coloured barcode onto thin layers of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The barcode sensor is flexible and can adapt to the contours of the body easily. It is integrated into a sweat band to be placed on different body regions e.g. forearm, wrist or forehead. A visual colour change is observed depending on the sweat pH, providing immediate physiological information to the athlete or coach during physical exercise. This colour change could also be monitored by cameras which are often already in place for kinematic analysis. We have also developed a wearable microfluidic device to sample and analyse small quantities of sweat. This work follows on from the EU FP6 BIOTEX project.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Science and Health
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Medical Sciences: Sports sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Science and Health: School of Chemical Sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Physical Sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres: National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Engineering
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Engineering: Biomedical engineering
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Conference or Workshop Item
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Physical Sciences: Chemistry
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Unpublished
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres: CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Medical Sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Medical Sciences: Physiology

Full list of authors on original publication

Dermot Diamond, Noel E. O'Connor, Alan F. Smeaton, Robert Byrne, Shirley Coyle, Fernando Benito-Lopez

Experts in our system

1
Dermot Diamond
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 592
 
2
Noel E. O'Connor
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 449
 
3
Alan F. Smeaton
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 475
 
4
Shirley Coyle
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 86
 
5
Fernando Benito-Lopez
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 141