Staying Healthy is now a Fashion Trend : Wearable Technology
What started off as a simple watch with a calculator in it during the 1980s has now become the most talked about technology trend of 2014. For many years scientists and researchers alike have been trying to incorporate computing into our daily life. The applications of such ideas are so fast that an entire field has been dedicated to it named Ubiquitous Computing.
Ubiquitous Computing is an advanced concept which basically states the possibility of computers being embedded into day-to-day things like a fridge, a pair of glasses or even your door.
Sometimes called pervasive computing, ambient intelligence or everyWare, 2014 has seen the field blossom. With applications already being used in the field of sports, general productivity etc. today we look at what it is doing for healthcare.
Wearable health technology is drawing serious attention in the press and for good reason. Such devices will likely transform medical care in unimagined ways, turning science fiction into science fact.
ABI Research has projected that by 2016, wearable wireless medical device sales will reach more than 100 million devices annually. The market for wearable sports and fitness-related monitoring devices is projected to grow as well, reaching 80 million device sales by 2016.
The latest wearable health gadgets sport new capabilities and sleekness. From headsets that measure brainwaves to clothes that incorporate sensing devices, personal health monitoring is the wave of the future.
Our top 3 Wearable Health Technology Devices to look forward to are :
1. OMsignal has come out with a more formal approach to wearable technology by introducing four different styles of male shirts including an undershirt, a sleeveless shirt, a casual t-shirt and a long sleeved shirt. The shirts are designed to be worn at the gym, under everyday clothes or on their own. With health sensors embedded into the fabric, the sensors can track heart rate, breathing rate, breathing volume, movement intensity and calories burned.
2. Emotiv Insight offers an inexpensive, uncomplicated way to regularly measure brain performance and is completely safe for children, adults of all ages, and those with medical conditions. Emotiv Insight measures your brainwaves and translates it into meaningful data to help you make the most of your cognitive performance. The Brainwear can measure, track and help you improve your Attention, Focus, Engagement, Interest, Excitement, Affinity, Relaxation and reduce Stress levels. In addition, the brainwear can understand and decipher basic mental commands. It can detect commands such as push, pull, levitate, rotate and even commands that are harder to visualize such as disappear. It also detects facial expressions such as blinks, winks, frown, surprise, clench and smile.
3. Moticon is the world’s first fully integrated and wireless sensor insole, according to the company. The insole can be used in any shoe to measure the distribution and motion parameters for patients and athletes. It’s currently used for everyday patient monitoring, rehabilitation measures, and for training analysis in sports. The sensor insole, which is fitted with firmware that communicates with PC software via a USB radio stick, is easy to use and doesn’t require special training. In 2010, Moticon was awarded the International Innovation Award for product of the year at the ISPO Sporting Goods Trade Fair.
Special Mention : Dr Chrono’s Google Glass HealthCare
Google Glass has some of the amazing hardware features that EHR developers look for. It is an amazing piece of hardware that changes the way a medical professional can see, literally.
Having not only an iPad in hand, imagine if a physician can see more data without picking up a device. Google Glass is just that, Glass is a head set frame a doctor can wear, basically like glasses and can see data points from the side of the glasses.
Dr Chrono and many other EHR/EMR developers are now using the Google glass as an alternate to iPads and other tablets.Visual tools are part of our future, building on the right hardware only makes sense.
While all these products are yet to be launched in the Indian Market, we are very excited to know that the health care industry is finally beginning to implement years of research into practical applications for improving quality of life throughout the world.