Is it too cold in here? Is that music giving you chills of pleasure? Did that self-driving car just nearly give you a heart attack by braking too hard? It’s hard to tell by just looking but a new device that measures goosebumps can tell instantly.
The researchers at KAIST in South Korea have developed a device that can objectively and accurately measure piloerection — goosebumps to you and me. It’s flexible and sticks to the arm kind of like a band-aid, they wrote in the journal Applied Physics Letters. "In the future, human emotions will be regarded like any typical biometric information, including body temperature or blood pressure," said Young-Ho Cho, who led the research.
- Maggie Fox
First published June 24 2014, 12:11 PM
Maggie Fox is senior health writer for NBC News and TODAY, writing top news on health policy, medical treatments and disease.
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She's a former managing editor for healthcare and technology at National Journal and global health and science editor for Reuters based in Washington, D.C. and London.
She's reported for news agencies, radio, newspapers, magazines and television from across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe covering news ranging from war to politics and, of course, health and science. Her reporting has taken Maggie to Lebanon, Syria and Libya; to China, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Pakistan; to Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia and to Ireland and Northern Ireland and across the rest of Europe.
Maggie has won awards from the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the National Immunization Program, the Overseas Press Club and other organizations. She's done fellowships at Harvard Medical School, the National Institutes of Health and the University of Maryland.