Researchers are developing a wearable device that aims to provide individualised information while gathering environmental data.
According to researchers, the device can measure the wearer’s physiological response to their immediate environment.
“We have added some sensors to the Fitbit watches that get information from air temperature and humidity, but also from the physiological response of the individual in that environment, such as your heart rate, your skin temperature, and your skin humidity,” said Negin Nazarian from UNSW.
“We have also developed some apps where you can interact with and tell us how you feel about the environment, so that way we can develop a methodology and a solution that is personalised and not one-size-fits-all,” Nazarian added.
The team says the aim of Project Coolbit is to create a personalised comfort model for each wearer, as well as crowdsourcing environmental data in the city in real-time.
“So your wearable already knows your personal comfort model, it knows your preference of the environment, the type of activities you like and some information about your physiological response,” the team said.
A Coolbit user could create a personalised heat safe route for a run, based on the previous information received by the wearable, according to the researcher.
“It also knows, based on the environmental information that other parties may give about the cities, the climate of the city,” the researchers said.