‘Wearable AC’ could keep you cool without electricity

A new on-skin "wearable air conditioning" device could keep you cool while also monitoring blood pressure, heart activity, and skin hydration.
A young girl leans over an air conditioner unit as the air blows her hair up. Behind her and the AC unit, there's wooden fence

An on-skin electronic device could one day provide personal, “wearable air conditioning” without needing electricity, researchers report.

The device includes numerous human health care applications such as the ability to monitor blood pressure, electrical activity of the heart, and the level of skin hydration. It could offer a way to keep soldiers cool on the battlefield and prevent heat stroke or exhaustion.

Unlike similar products in use today or other related concepts, the breathable and waterproof device can deliver personal air conditioning to a human body through a process called passive cooling. Passive cooling doesn’t use electricity, such as a fan or pump, which researchers believe allows for minimal discomfort to the user.

“Our device can reflect sunlight away from the human body to minimize heat absorption, while simultaneously allowing the body to dissipate body heat, thereby allowing us to achieve around 11 degrees Fahrenheit of cooling to the human body during the daytime hours,” says corresponding author Zheng Yan, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri. “We believe this is one of the first demonstrations of this capability in the emerging field of on-skin electronics.”

The device is currently a small wired patch, and researchers say it will take one to two years to design a wireless version. They also hope to one day take their technology and apply it to “smart” clothing.

“Eventually, we would like to take this technology and apply it to the development of smart textiles,” Yan says. “That would allow for the device’s cooling capabilities to be delivered across the whole body.

“Right now, the cooling is only concentrated in a specific area where the patch is located. We believe this could potentially help reduce electricity usage and also help with global warming.”

The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Additional coauthors are from the University of Missouri and Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the University of Missouri funded the work.

Source: University of Missouri

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