Slowly but surely, technology is making its way into every wearable we have: the best smartwatches have been on the scene for years, serving not only as an extension to our smartphones but also as health and fitness trackers, while the best smart rings offer sensors. for key health metrics in smaller packaging than watches. And now it’s time to prepare for smart earrings.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Researchers at the University of Washington unveiled the thermal earring, which is worn on the ear like a regular earring and has two temperature sensors. One of them sits in the jamb and senses your skin temperature, while the other hangs below, monitoring the ambient temperature around you and transmitting readings from both sensors to a compatible device via Bluetooth (via Android Police).
Using this two-sensor system, researchers found that it measures body temperature better than a smartwatch – at least for the six participants who have tried the earring so far.
If this improved accuracy applies to more subjects, the team behind the earring hopes it could become a useful health tool. Better temperature accuracy could lead to a more reliable version of menstrual cycle tracking that we’ve started to see in smartwatches, and earrings could help any wearer by alerting them of fever, stress and other conditions that may affect body temperature.
Not yet ready to wear
However, before we all wear smart earrings, several things still need to be taken care of. For starters, as mentioned above, a lot more testing will need to be done, because a sample size of six people is far too small to draw any far-reaching conclusions.
Then there is the design. If hanging circuit boards aren’t for you, you can add resin charms to hide them, but this solution won’t appeal to everyone, and more universally stylish designs will need to be made available and tested to ensure they work. do not affect accuracy. .
Additionally, the design will need to be modified to use a material such as silver or another hypoallergenic metal, otherwise thermal earrings could create more problems than they solve for some people.
In general, though, we’re excited about the idea of smart earrings and can’t wait to see these designs featured in a product we could actually buy and wear.
Smartwatches have become a one-stop shop for health and fitness, but your wrist probably isn’t the best place to measure all your vital signs. By distributing their sensors across multiple wearable devices all working in tandem, you can place them where they are most effective, which should enable more accurate and useful health and fitness monitoring.