Researchers develop a heat-sensitive fabric to help diabetics

Nearly 10% of the U.S. population has diabetes

(WKYC) – A team of researchers at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio is developing heat-sensitive socks to help diabetics.

“We’re using this same technology where the color of the liquid crystal according to the background temperature to pick up changes in temperature in the body,” said John West, a Professor of Chemistry at Kent State University.

Patients would put the socks on in the morning and if they notice a change in color throughout the day, most likely blue or green which indicates heat, they would know to call their doctor.

The fabric is so striking that the team has already started to come up with alternate applications for it outside of the biomedical field, such as the world of fashion.

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