Apart from keeping your blood and guts from leaking out, skin regulates your body temperature and protects you from a variety of external hazards. Long story short, your skin is pretty darn important. As we enter the age of wearable tech, fitness and health-related gadgets that can monitor heartbeat and track your workouts abound.
As we enter the age of wearable tech, fitness and health-related gadgets that can monitor heartbeat and track your workouts abound. Fitbit and Apple Watch are great for giving users a glimpse of their overall health, but despite physically touching it to get a reading, none of these wearables are monitoring your skin.
In beauty-obsessed South Korea, one startup hopes to fix that — all while capitalizing on both the burgeoning worldwide internet-of-things (IoT) movement and the booming domestic skincare sector. WAY has devised a portable gadget that can monitor a user’s skin condition and surroundings to give them an instant snapshot of their largest organ’s health and tips for how to improve it.
When we fall down or spend too much time in the sun, our skin bears the physical signs of damage. But on a day-to-day basis, our skin health isn’t always clear. Understanding our skin condition is further complicated by environmental factors like temperature and humidity. That’s why WAY uses three sensors: one to check the current UV index and another to gauge humidity, combined with a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) sensor that can read moisture content and estimate oil levels within the skin tissue itself. Read more…