Gatorade’s GX Sweat Patch Helps Athletes Keep Track of Hydration and Lost Nutrients

Gatorade has developed a sweat patch that will help them refuel more effectively.

Image: Gatorade

Gatorade, a company that offers sports drinks for athletes to keep them hydrated, has developed a sweat patch that will help them refuel more effectively, providing them with an extra edge on the field.

Related Smart Fabric Helps Athletes and Physical Therapy Patients Reduce Injury and Accelerate Recovery

The wearable sweat patch can be worn by athletes during practice or workouts to help them track hydration and nutrients they’ve lost through perspiration, reports Inc.

Users stick the three-inch-long patch to their forearm, and built-in sensors measure how much they sweat and how much sodium they lose during their workout. That info is relayed to Gatorade’s GX app, which then offers advice on how to refuel–with Gatorade, naturally.

This is a key part of the company’s plans for providing athletes with access to comprehensive information about their performance, according to Xavi Cortadellas, Gatorade’s head of innovation and design.

Gatorade, which is owned by PepsiCo, isn’t the first sports company to make a foray into wearables. Companies like Under Armour, Nike and Adidas have already dipped their toes in the wearable space.

At the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Florida, the company tests out new product ideas and analyzes performance data in real time.

The facility is visited by professional athletes every day. They are asked to play and sweat and do all the things fit people usually do. Doctors and scientists at Gatorade then investigate their performance. The participants are hooked up to large, expensive machines that track energy intake, sweat rate, even a person’s fat and muscle mass, to understand what’s happening at a molecular level. With this, the company is able to understand what products work and what products don’t–as well as understand how different athletes’ bodies respond to different conditions.

Related Wearable Smart Stickers May Save Lives of Patients, Athletes and Cut Medical Costs

“Sports science is complex, and athletes want it simplified and want more actionable input,” says Cortadellas. “We want to be the translators of this complexity to everyday athletes.”

WT | Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco on July 9-10

The most innovative wearables event will be back on July 9-10 in beautiful San Francisco at SEMICON West to celebrate the 34th edition of the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference Series. Topics include data analytics in professional sports, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation with wearables, the future of digital health, medication and adherence, smart patches, workflow optimization and workforce safety and much more – featuring international leaders and experts of the wearables industry´s biggest names including Abbott, Datwyler, Kopin, Maxim Integrated, Multek, NFLPA, Omron, SharkDreams, Qualcomm, Viewpointsystem and many more. Register now to be part of #WTUS19

Sam Draper
April 29, 2019

Innovation of the Month

Do you want to discover more, visit the website
Visit Website

Other news

Vishay’s High Speed PIN Photodiode Delivers Enhanced Performance and Design For Wearables

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new high-speed silicon PIN photodiode with enhanced...

Garmin Opens State-Of-The-Art Research and Testing Facility

Garmin opened a testing facility packed with custom-designed fitness equipment.

Smart Equipment to Enable Hands-Free Mining in the Future

Mining companies turn to wearables for safety & productivity.

Artificial Skin Could Enhance Sense of Touch and Provide Real-Time Haptic Feedback

Scientists at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have...
Discover more