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Sistema wearable de bajo coste para analizar el sudor

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20170223001
Publicado:
22/03/2017
Caducidad:
22/03/2018
Resumen:
Un centro de investigación español con experiencia en microfluídica y sensores químicos ha desarrollado un sistema de bajo coste para el análisis del sudor en tiempo real que se integra en formato ultracompacto en dispositivos para llevar puestos, como relojes inteligentes o parches. El sistema se basa en una estructura microfluídica en papel que recoge el sudor y lo transporta hacia microsensores de silicio para su análisis electroquímico. El análisis de componentes del sudor, como la glucosa, el pH y otros iones, ofrece información útil para los programas de entrenamiento, así como para la interpretación de señales de alarma (niveles de deshidratación o agotamiento) durante el ejercicio. Se buscan socios industriales de la industria de salud y deporte para explotar la tecnología patentada bajo un acuerdo de licencia.



Details

Tittle:
Low-cost wearable sweat analysis system
Summary:
A Spanish research organization has developed a low-cost system for real time sweat analysis in ultra-compact format amenable to integration in wearables like smartwatches or patches. The system allows for the monitoring of different sweat components like pH, glucose, lactate, and electrolytes (Na+, K+, Cl-, Ca2+,...) during several hours of exercise.
Industrial partners from the Health and Sports industry are being sought to exploit the patented technology through a license agreement.
Description:
Many scientific publications have found correlations of pH, glucose, lactate, and some electrolytes such as Na+, K+, Cl-, Ca2+,... with metabolic and physiological processes in the human body. However, so far, application to fields like fitness and health tracking have been limited because lack of reliable electrochemical-based sensors.
A Spanish research organization with a high expertise in the field of microfluidics and chemical sensors has developed a low-cost system based on a paper microfluidic structure that collects the sweat generated during exercise and carries it towards microsensors on silicon chips for its electrochemical analysis. By analyzing the sweat components like glucose, pH and other ions the system provides useful information for training programs as well as for the interpretation of warning signals during endurance exercise (e.g. dehydration levels or exhaustion). The technology has the capability of monitoring these parameters for several hours, which makes it very suitable for metabolic and physiological monitoring of athletes and sport users.
The sweat monitoring system has been designed to be ultra compact so that it can be integrated in a smartwatch, wristband or patch configuration.
Industrial partners from the health and sports manufacturing are being sought to exploit the patented technology by implementing it in wearables systems suitable for sweat monitoring of healthy and/or diseased people.
Advantages and Innovations:
It works with minute flows of sweat (< 1 -Y-micro;L/min), which are available in an area of just 1 cm2 during exercise.
It removes sweat from the skin, so that "fresh" sweat is not mixed with "old" sweat.
Differential potentiometric measurement avoids interference of Clorum-lions (in contrast to systems using pseudo-reference Ag/AgCl electrodes).
Ultra-compact and very low power consumption (in the range of
microamperes).
Reusable (virtually infinite times) by replacing a small reagents pad.
Low-cost.
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Spanish patent application filed

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Industrial partners from the health and sports wearables manufacturing interested on implementing sweat monitoring technology in their systems are being sought to exploit the patented technology and associated know-how through license agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry >500
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
German
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01001001 Automation, Robotics Control Systems
06005002 Sensores y productos inalámbricos