The Washington Post reports*:
"'This is the hard-science end of wearables,' said Robert Beech, chairman and co-founder of Eccrine Systems.
Beech and Eccrine want to turn wearables into mini-laboratories like the kind that slice and dice your blood samples and tell you a million things such as whether you are at risk of prostate cancer or what your Vitamin D level is.
Eccrine’s technology will grab sweat as soon as it is secreted and gush a pile of data about your biochemical status to a collector — your smartphone or a cloud-based analytical system — that can search biomarkers that can alert the wearer to potential maladies.
'What blood results are for invasive medicine using needles, sweat has to be for noninvasive to get and measure cholesterol, cortisol, ovulation monitoring, fertility, reproductive health,' Beech said. 'It could be used to determine electrolyte loss, which can be used for cardiac patients.'
Beech said Eccrine is 18 months from producing its first wearable, either the wristband, headband or skin patch. One application the firm is working on is a headband that can go under a worker’s hard hat to measure chemical and environmental toxins. Think of the radiation badge that workers now wear to measure whether they are in a 'hot' zone."
*Excerpt from WP article, "Your sweat could tell you when to make a baby — and more" by Thomas Heath