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Fighting dehydration with wearables and big data

Special wristbands allow the hydration of a small child to be monitored without interruption. (Image: Florian Bachmann / ETH Zurich)

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of death among young children in the developing world – particularly during the hot summer months. ETH Professor Walter Karlen and his team of researchers have developed an inexpensive mobile device that could be used by laypeople to more effectively treat dehydration.