Not quite Star Trek, but it’ll do for now I guess

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The ChemPhys patch is the first wearable sensor capable of monitoring both biochemical and electric signals in the human body. The patch consists of a custom-made board and screenprinted sensors. Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego

While it’s not as geeky and fun as the tricorders you see in Star Trek movie franchise, a new wearable tricorder-like device can at least track both biochemical and electric signals inside the human body.

The science fiction version of a 23rd century tricorder, as seen in Star Trek: The Original Series, is a black, rectangular device with a top-mounted rotating hood, two opening compartments, and a shoulder strap. While the tricorder has gone through various iterations during the years the franchise has grown, the basic principles and uses have remained the same.

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Unlike the Star Trek tricorders, the Chem-Phys patch is worn on the chest to record heart rate and also track levels of lactate, a biochemical that is a marker of physical effort, in real time.

Click here to learn more about Chem-Phys and how they made it happen on STEAMRegister.com.

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