New Wearable Device Can Tastes Skin
PKvitality is a comparatively new name in the device making industry, but they sure have a way of grabbing attention. The device maker recently launched a wrist tracker that could ‘taste’ the lactic acid and blood sugar levels on the wearer virtually. Designed keeping athletes and diabetics in mind, this could mean saying goodbye to the never-ending pinpricks endured for blood tests and also saving money usually spent on testing strips. Priced at $149, K’track Glucose, the company’s wrist tracker, can absorb fluid secreted from the skin containing glucose or lactic acid via the underside of the tracker.
Enthusiastic customers should note that while there will be no painful prick, K’track is designed to penetrate the skin via micro-needles. These needles are inserted into the outer skin where the fluid is collected and absorbed into the sensors in the device. The possible lab-on-a-chip set up within the device will analyse glucose levels and send the results to the user’s mobile app. For active athletes, a pricier K’Track Athlete wearable priced at $199 helps keep track of lactic acid levels, which help indicate the body’s response to workouts. PKvitality’s K’track devices are yet to hit the shelves as it still awaits clearance from the health department.