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Bejeweled Bluetooth earrings make health trackers chic — here’s how they work

Eat to your heart’s content, smartwatch.

Created by researchers at the University of Washington thermal earrings Something that measures skin temperature.

The baubles are “first-of-its-kind smart earrings that enable a reliable wearable solution for continuous temperature monitoring.” As stated in a University of Washington study.

Each earring has a built-in Bluetooth chip, 28-day battery life, two temperature sensors, and an antenna. The high-tech earrings measure 11.3 mm wide, 31 mm long and weigh 335 mg.

Researchers at the University of Washington have unveiled a thermal earring to estimate skin temperature. Raymond Smith/University of Washington

“We found that sensing the skin temperature of the leaf rather than the hand or wrist was much more accurate. We also had the option of hanging part of the sensor to distinguish between ambient room temperature and skin temperature. ,” said Qiuyue Shirley Xue, a computer science and engineering doctoral student at the University of California. said in a statement reported by JCK..

A decorated magnetic clip connects to the temperature sensor, which is then connected to the ear, and a second sensor featuring a fashionable design made of resin estimates the room temperature.

When the earrings read the temperature, they go into power-saving mode, making efficient use of the 28-day battery life.

“The earrings sense activity and health indicators such as body temperature and heart rate, while the necklace could act as an electrocardiogram monitor to capture more effective heart health data,” Xue said. explained.

Due to the location of the accessory, University of Wisconsin researchers believe that earrings can provide more accurate body temperature readings compared to smartwatches.

“Thermal earrings” [take] “This is an advantage of the earrings’ unique location near the head, an area that is tightly connected to the body, unlike watches and other wearables that are worn loosely on the extremities,” the study details. Masu.

Once the earrings read the temperature, they will enter power saving mode. Raymond Smith/University of Washington
Each earring has a built-in Bluetooth chip, 28-day battery life, two temperature sensors, and an antenna. Raymond Smith/University of Washington

Co-author Mr. Xue said, studyThe aforementioned smartwatch’s temperature sensor only provides you with your average body temperature for the day, allowing you to track your ovulation right on your wrist. Reported by JCK.

Researchers in Washington are currently working on the next advancement in earrings as they continue to develop plans to bring wellness wear to market.

“Furthermore, we conducted the first investigation into the relationship between earlobe temperature and various daily activities, demonstrating changes in earlobe temperature associated with diet and exercise,” the study states.

Fitness tracking accessories have become increasingly popular among health enthusiasts over the years. And while devices can be beneficial to your fitness efforts and goals, they can also negatively impact your life.

“Most of the (few) controlled studies that have investigated the effects of smartwatches, pedometers, and recording various forms of health data have found significant but relatively weak positive effects on human health and performance. ” write Michael Dahlen and Helge Thorbjornsen, authors of “More Numbers Every Day: How Figures Are Take Over Our Lives – And Why It’s Time to Set Ourselves Free.”

“Run a little faster, lose a little more weight, perform a little better. But just a little bit.”

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