Paul Biegler: The Internet of Humans

7/10/2019 - 07:21

Sensor technology drawn from animal research could be used to track human health, researchers suggest. Paul Biegler reports.

Unexpected findings from sensors implanted in animals, a practice known as biologging, should cause a seismic shift in how wearable sensors are used to promote health in humans.

That’s the conclusion of a team of scientists led by Michael Strano, Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT, in a perspective piece published in the journal ACS Sensors.

The group says animals have been fitted with sensors to measure just one or two behaviours, yet scientists have gained dramatic and unforeseen insights into a wealth of other habits.