Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a heat-tracking device, called SmokeMon, that can help smokers quit and avoid relapse. The smart necklace tracks the heat signature emitted from a lit cigarette, records the timing and volume of each puff and sends the information to a smartphone app. Using real-time data, the app can send mindfulness messages to help the wearer avoid relapse. The necklace only tracks heat, not visuals of the wearer.

The device is still in the prototype stage, and it is unclear how many smokers would be willing to wear it. Dr. Alshurafa and his team are working with smoking cessation programs to test SmokeMon’s effectiveness before determining whether it will be able to move out of the lab and onto the market.

Article written by Brian Mastroianni