Designed and manufactured by the Rogers Lab at Northwestern University, the soft, flexible bio-integrated lab is the next generation of wearable technology and has been featured in the Modern Museum of Art (MoMA) in New York. With skin-like properties, the lab captures, features, and analyzes the chemistry of sweat, with wireless connectivity. But Rogers, the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine is already moving beyond sweat to integrate labs with each other, as well as implement the technology in clinical settings: with infants in the hospital, as well as inside the body on the heart and even the brain. John Rogers is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lemelson-MIT Prize winner, and leads the new Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern’s Simpson Querrey Institute of BioNanotechnology.

To raise awareness of kidney disease and the need for good hydration, the National Kidney Foundation partnered with the John Rogers Laboratory at Northwestern University on a #HeartYourKidneys sweat-monitoring patch that was handed out at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX.

The foundation reached out to Tyler Ray, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of John Rogers, the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery at the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering, to create the device, which measures how much sweat and sodium chloride someone has lost during a 30-minute workout. Ray was in Austin last weekend to distribute the patches to those who are interested in new medical technology.

Visit heartyourkidneys.com for more information about the SXSW event and kidney disease.

The patch can be worn just about anywhere on the body, and Dr. Whitney Bowe explains, “It analyzes your sweat to tell you about your health."