Valley facility developing technology to detect drugs, alcohol in sweat

Oct 1, 2019, 4:35 AM | Updated: 12:08 pm

(KTAR News/Peter Samore)...

(KTAR News/Peter Samore)

(KTAR News/Peter Samore)

PHOENIX — A jetpack and exoskeleton to measure how you’re lifting? It’s in development at a new central Phoenix facility.

The favorite piece for WearTech Center’s research director is a wearable patch to sense drugs or alcohol in sweat.

Gregory Raupp says constant monitoring could deter users and make them clean. Also in development: a watch that measures blood-sugar levels without piercing the skin.

“When you measure stuff, that’s when you start paying attention to it,” Raupp said. “If you don’t measure it, if you ignore it, you kind of turn a blind eye. It’s a different story.”

Raupp is connecting tech groups, Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona’s public universities to produce wearable technologies to save lives.

“Pretty soon, you’ve got this ecosystem of people from venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, technology developers, business folks, product developers, managers — everybody comes together and is pulling in the same direction,” he said.

The president and CEO of Barrow walked across the street to WearTech at the Park Central Mall for Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Dr. Michael Lawton looks forward to the products that WearTech’s partners can produce.

“We can become a partner in testing them, seeing if it works, giving them the feedback that they need,” he said.

Now, Lawton implants devices into brains to stimulate activity. But he would welcome products that are not surgically invasive.

“I really think that we can become a neuroscience hub, or a neuroscience leader in the country,” he said. “It’s all happening in this little corridor.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

An image from Google Street View shows the third-party post office between a Jimmy John's and a Dun...

Southeast Valley shopping center evacuated while authorities investigate bomb threat

Multiple businesses at a southeast Valley shopping center were evacuated Monday because of a bomb threat, authorities said.

13 minutes ago

A DUI suspect drove down a 200-foot embankment in Cottonwood before a second DUI suspect was arrest...

Arizona DUI suspect’s car careens down 200-foot embankment before 2nd DUI suspect arrested

A DUI suspect drove down a 200-foot embankment in Arizona on Saturday morning before another DUI suspect attempted to evade police at the crash area, authorities said.

46 minutes ago

Split panel image of the front of an Albertsons grocery store on the left and a Kroger plastic bag ...

Kevin Stone

Arizona joins federal lawsuit to block merger of grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons

Arizona is part of a federal lawsuit filed Monday to block the controversial merger of Kroger and Albertsons, two of the nation’s largest grocers.

2 hours ago

The eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain freeway was closed in Phoenix on Feb. 26, 2024, for a fatal c...

Eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway closed in Phoenix for fatal wrong-way crash

The eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain freeway was closed in Phoenix on Monday for a fatal wrong-way crash, authorities said.

3 hours ago


KTAR Video

Video: Congress says border issue is a crisis, but what took so long for both sides of the aisle to agree?

Biden’s border bill has yet to pass through the Senate to even reach the House of Representatives, yet both sides of the aisle agree that the immigration issue at the U.S.-Mexico border is now a crisis. Arizona Rep. Debbie Lasko joined The Mike Broomhead show to weigh in. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News

3 hours ago

Mugshot of Jill Houchens, who was arrested Feb. 19, 2024, on 146 counts of animal abuse and neglect...

Arizona woman arrested on nearly 150 animal abuse and neglect charges

An Arizona woman faces nearly 150 charges after more than 20 animals, including five that were dead, were removed from her property earlier this month, authorities said.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.


Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

Valley facility developing technology to detect drugs, alcohol in sweat