Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Researchers Incorporate Microfluidic Cytometry in Wearable Technology

Article Written By: Juliana Zadarko



   Further advancing wearable technology, a team at Rutgers University-New Brunswick has developed a wearable microfluidic impedance cytometer that allows users to view and analyze particle counts right on their smartphones. Senior author of the study, Dr. Mehdi Javanmard, explains, “It’s like a Fitbit but has a biosensor that can count particles, so that includes blood cells, bacteria and organic or inorganic particles in the air.”

   Although current wearable devices are only capable of tracking a few areas of activity such as heart rate and movement, integrating a cytometer can revolutionize the impact of wearable technology in society. Applications include the ability to track blood cell counts to help recognize signs of cancers such as leukemia or recording the quantity of air pollutants individuals are exposed to in a certain environment.

Read more about this fascinating discovery at: http://www.sci-news.com/medicine/wearable-microfluidic-cytometer-06280.html
Read the study at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41378-018-0019-0

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