These Special Gloves Can Detect Toxic Substances

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Sure, we’ve heard of a lot about color-changing clothing: workout shirts that visualize your workout or blue jeans that fade to white depending on body temperature. But what about color-changing apparel that can detect toxins?

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Regensburg, Germany now have a clever solution for people who work in jobs that expose them to harmful substances that are hard for human senses to detect. Their creation is a protective glove that changes colors when it detects toxic substances in the surrounding air.

Since the glove is made of custom sensor materials, it can change from colorless (safe) to blue when a toxic substance is detected. Basically, the indicator dye in the glove reacts when in the presence of the toxic substances. That kind of visual cue could be useful for those working in industries that deal with chemical production, semiconductors or other labs with similar risks, the research lab noted. Read more…

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