Recently, we have been noticing that dangerous diseases are starting to spread uncontrollably due to all bad habits we have adopted and the pollution that’s killing us one breath at a time.
This is why scientists started seriously looking for ways to help sick people or those who are trying to avoid any sudden health issue using technology, and thankfully, we are going in the right direction.
By using simple fitness trackers and smartwatches, we are capable to count our calories, fat, and steps to keep us motivated enough to develop our fitness journey. But also we have headphones that can monitor our built-in heart.
It is wonderful seeing technology developers taking these huge steps to make citizens healthier and in shape. The health movement is coming, and it nicely wrapped itself in wearables.
Both Google and Apple are supposedly looking for diabetes tracking wearables. According to a patent application filed by Apple, the next Apple’s iWatch (or whatever they will call it) will not only track diabetes but also the glucose level.
Google, on the other hand, have shown us contact lenses that can do the same job. Obviously, when these devices hit the market, they won’t completely replace the more intrusive blood sugar monitoring. These devices will definitely take over in the next few years.
In any case, anything that can help people track their diabetes/glucose levels is a great thing. So while we wait for these lovely devices, we can take advantage of what Pancreum provided us: standalone options to track diabetes.
Intel Parkinson’s Wearable
Intel is very interested when it comes to health monitoring. Not so long ago, it made an announcement that they are developing a wearable that can track degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease, and for better results, they have joined forces with Michael J Fox Foundation.
That device is a part of a large research study. It will be able to use all the data analytics to monitor any odd signal like slow movements, changes in sleep, and tremors. Also, it is coupled with self-reported data like medication intake.
There are multiple heart rate monitors out there, but the Crowdfunded LifeKeeper can do more than tracking your beats. The chest-worn device is developed to detect early warning signs of serious health issues that could lead to strokes or heart attacks.
In order to use it, the accompanying device will ask you a few questions, collect data, and provide reports based on them. When something is wrong, it will send alerts to your smartphone to warn you.
Wearables for the Hearing Impaired
Soon enough, we will have head-mounted wearables that will benefit the hearing impaired. Like Google Glass that is going to replace the lack of audio glues to visual context information. But for now, we have invasive solutions.
For example, the Rondo Maestro CI, it combines the external worn sensor unit and internal implant that lives under the skin. The two are magnetically held together through the flesh.
The way those devices works is by collecting sound signals with the microphone on the external sensor, then the implant transfer the sounds as electrical impulses transmitting them to the brain’s auditory cortex.
Most wearables we see are more concerned with specific diseases that monitor them perfectly. However, we know that technology is mostly for the youth. But, demographic technology companies are most likely to focus on seniors.
Those wearables are a perfect fit for that age group anyway, just like the Crowdfunded CarePredict Temp. This smart device is a wrist-worn wearable that doesn’t target any specific health issue. Instead, it focuses on its owner’s well-being in general.
It is able to track his/her patterns and notify the family members or caregiver via smartphone when something’s noticeable has happened during his movement or sleep. It is perfect for when a senior lives alone or far away from his family members, it will alarm them immediately.
Wearables for the Visually Impaired
Microsoft is currently working on a device with built-in receivers that can detect bounced off of potential hazards, this device called the Alice Band. Also, there are other products like Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System; it is “eyeglasses” with a built-in camera to capture visuals.
These eyeglasses processed the data and set them to an implant mounted on the eye, sending small pulses that stimulate retina cells, and allowing their wearers to see patterns of light, thus, helping them detect their surroundings better.