This Gatorade sticker is a wearable – it analyzes sweat to tell athletes how and when to hydrate
When we think of a wearable usually an activity bracelet comes to mind or a smart watch. Maybe some ring or band on the chest. However, Gatorade has something else entirely: a sticker that connects to the mobile and analyzes the athlete’s sweat.
Gatorade is better known for its sports drinks than anything else. But lately it has entered a directly related market, that of sports accessories. His new wearable They say it creates “a unique sweat profile” for each user. With this, the user can know how much you have become dehydrated during an activity or for example the loss of sodium Until now.
Gx Sweat Patch: monitoring sweat
The name is Gx Sweat Patch and as it well indicates, it is a sweat patch. They indicate that the patch attached to the left arm must be placed on the inside while exercising. Once the training has finished, the patch must be scanned with the smartphone application and the user’s sweat profile will be generated.
As the user does sports and sweats, the patch channels absorb some of that sweat. There is no very good specification of how, but the sweat captured in these channels is analyzed to determine how much fluid the user has lost and, what is more curious, how much sodium. All this to help the user to hydrate and recover better, Presumably with Gatorade?
The patch channel is actually like a progress bar and it fills up as the user sweats more. There is another smaller channel that indicates the sodium concentration. In a way, it is possible to know this data without the app, since it is seen directly in the patch. In other words, there is no electronics or bluetooth connectivity between the sticker and the smartphone, the latter simply interprets the photograph of the patch.
The app for smartphones, in addition to analyzing the patch information, offers recommendations to help improve athlete performance, as they explain. Likewise, the app can be connected with platforms such as Strava, Garmin or Apple Health to integrate the data. If there is no mention of Google’s health platform, it is not in vain, the app is currently only available for iPhone.
The patches, being patches, are for single use only. Fortunately its price is relatively low, Gatorade sells them for $ 25 in a pack of two.
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