A group of researchers at Oregon State University recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a bracelet that can detect exposure to toxic chemicals. The idea behind the project is to have citizens wear the bracelets so that scientists can begin collecting data about how chemical exposure may affect our overall health.
The bracelet is called 'MyExposome' and it is modeled on the same design as traditional silicone bracelets. The bracelets mimic biological cell membranes and work by absorbing the various chemicals in our environment, such as pesticides, fragrances, personal care products and more. In fact, the bracelet can detect over 1,400 different chemical compounds.
Currently, the MyExposome bracelet is being used to monitor everyday exposure to toxic chemicals such as personal care products and household cleaning supplies. However, the hope is to eventually hand the bracelets out to farmers in West Africa to give them a means of understanding how exposure to pesticides and agricultural chemicals may be impacting their health.