E. Rubrum Fungi Activity Bracelet UP069

High tech activity trackers raise questions about the privacy and value of our personal health information. What if we can track our activity offline? How can we stay motivated with a low tech device?

With the E. Rubrum, Steven Akoun suggests an offline activity bracelet that keeps people motivated by growing fungi. This small “wearable petri dish” contains Eurotium rubrum, fungi found with astonishment by scientists in the Dead Sea. It feeds on salt which is present in sweat. The living fungus grows inside the bracelet, giving the user a visual feedback of his/her activity. The more the user sweats, the faster it grows.