UC Researchers Develop Wearable Ring with Chemical and Biological Threat Detector

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As reported on October 11, 2017, by American Chemical Society, a wearable sensor that detects chemical and biological threats has been developed by the University of California researchers. This sensor is designed as a ring, is light weight and wirelessly connectable to smart phones and laptops.

A portable, light weight, affordable, and wearable prototype also commonly known as sensor that is capable of detecting external chemical threats, has been developed by Joseph Wang and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego. The team has created sensor and designed it as a ring wearable on a finger. The ring consists of two parts, an electrochemical sensor cap for detecting chemical and biological threats, and a circuit board below the cap for processing and sending data wirelessly to a smartphone or laptop.

It is functional for voltammetric and chronoamperometric measurements, which allow the ring to detect a large area of chemical threats. The team introduced the sensor to explosives and organophosphate nerve agents. The ring was highly functional and could detect the desired data in both forms – in vapor and liquid phases. Scientists believe that the device could be researched further to detect or study other hazardous environmental or security agents, even if primarily ring-based sensor was created only to detect explosives and organophosphate nerve agents. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense have funded the project.

The demand for compact, lightweight and portable sensors having the capacity to connect to smartphones and laptops or computers is increasing. An overview of sensors including its importance, scope and future forecast is mentioned in Wearable Sensor Market report published by Coherent market Insights.

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