Brain architecture linked to consciousness, abstract thought

UMass professor Hava Siegelmann used fMRI data from tens of thousands of patients to understand how thought arises from brain structure. This resulted in a geometry-based  method meant to advance the identification and treatment of brain disease.  It can also be used to improve deep learning systems, and her lab is now creating a “massively recurrent deep learning network.”

Siegelmann found that cognitive function and abstract thought exist as an agglomeration of many cortical sources, from those close to sensory cortices to those far deeper along the brain connector. Her data-driven analyses defined a hierarchically ordered connectome, revealing a related continuum of cognitive function.

Siegelmann claims that  “with a slope (geometrical algorithm) identifier, behaviors could now be ordered by their relative depth activity with no human intervention or bias.”


Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

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Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

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Wearables + app + AI for personalized fitness coaching

Under Armour has partnered with IBM Watson to create a fitness app called Record.

Exercise, sleep and food intake are recorded from wearables, apps, and one’s own entries, and analyzed by Watson, which provides personalized coaching based on the data of others with similar fitness profiles.


Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

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Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

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Sensor patch, app, quantify sun exposure

MC10 has partnered with L’Oreal to develop MyUV Patch, a small, flexible adhesive patch that uses MC10’s advanced sensors to determine sun exposure.  Photosensitive dyes incorporate skin tone into the equation, and change colors as UV exposure increases. Users upload photos of the changing patch to an app that determines exposure levels.

Last year ApplySci described related technology in the Spinali Bikini, which has integrated sensors that measure UV and send smartphone alerts.


Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

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Flexible bio-sensor wearable + cloud system + research portal

ApplySci has long followed the disruptive work of John Rogers and Roozbeh Ghaffari at MC10.  At last year’s Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC conference, Dr. Ghaffari described the company’s bio-medical sensor based wearable electronics, its focus on movement disorder and cardiac monitoring to both measure the impact of medicine and track quality of life, and its plans to develop an ecosystem meant to better inform physicians.

Today MC10 unveiled BioStamp Research Connect — a closed loop platform that combines flexible, bendable, stretchable sensors with a cloud system for researchers to share data across several sites in real time.

BioStamp Sensors can be placed simultaneously on locations across the body to monitor and understand multiple health parameters. This will reduce observation error and improve data capture, and can be used in a clinical setting, or comfortably through daily life, including through exercise and sleep.

Ghaffari will be a featured speaker at Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco on April 5th.  Click to view his interview with Unity Stoakes at the 2015 Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC conference.


Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission bay Conference Center

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2nd annual Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

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App controls heat, comfort, fitness monitors in smart shoe

Digitsole is a smart shoe company that creates app controlled footwear.  A phone can be used to:  control a heating system that can raise the shoe’s temperature to 110 degrees fahrenheit; tighten or loosen laces; or activate a light.  And, of course, sole placed sensors provide data on steps taken and calories burned, as well as when a worn sole must be replaced.

A variety of shoe styles will all have the same functionality.


 

Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

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2nd annual Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

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Smart thermometer + app track temperature over time

Thermo by Withings is a connected, highly accurate, non invasive thermometer. It measures temperature from the temporal artery on the side of the head using 16 infrared sensors.

4,000 measurements are taken in 2 seconds, and a proprietary algorithm corrects for differences including skin heat loss or heat from a room’s light. Data is sent to a smartphone via bluetooth, and the accompanying app tracks temperature over time.  Custom inputs including medicine taken can be added.


 

Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

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2nd annual Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

NeuroTech NYC – June 8, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

Smart ring controls home devices; health applications possible

Samsung has joined Apple, Microsoft, and Google in patent filings for smart rings. Patently Mobile describes features including the ability to control phones, TVs, and home automation systems.  Health and fitness applications have not yet been detailed, but are a logical extension.


Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

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2nd annual Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

NeuroTech NYC – June 8, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

 

 

“Augmented attention” wearable assists the visually impaired

OrCam is a disruptive artificial vision company that creates assistive devices for the visually impaired.  It is led by Hebrew University professor Amnon Shashua.

MyMe, its latest product, uses artificial intelligence to respond to audio and visual information in real-time.  A clip on camera and Bluetooth earpiece create what the company calls an “augmented attention” experience, meant to enrich interactions.

The device is aware of all daily actions — including people we meet, conversation topics,  visual surroundings, food we eat, and activities we participate in. Visual and audio processing functions serve as an extension to a wearers’ awareness.  A built in fitness tracker will also be included.

More details will be available after MyMe is unveiled at CES next week.


Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

NeuroTech San Francisco – April 6, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

2nd Annual Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

NeuroTech NYC – June 8, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

 

Smart belt measures waist size, eating, sitting, steps taken

As health sensors are increasingly integrated into everyday items, Samsung has announced a multi parameter monitoring belt, which will debut at CES next week.  WELT records one’s waist size, eating habits, steps taken,  and the amount of time spent sitting.  Data is sent to an accompanying app.  It is speculated that the smart belt will use the Bio-Processor described by ApplySci last month.

The belt was developed in Samsung’s Creative Lab (C-Lab), where employees are encouraged to pitch ideas with creative or altruistic elements. Winners are given time off  to develop their ideas.

Other C-Lab releases will include TipTalk, which allows smartwatch listening from touching a finger to the ear, and rink, a VR motion controller.


Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

NeuroTech San Francisco – April 6, 2016 @ the Mission Bay Conference Center

2nd Annual Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

NeuroTech NYC – June 8, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

 

Comprehensive health wearable chip; no external processing required

Samsung’s Bio-Processor is an “all-in-one health solution chip” that includes multiple control and sensor units and does not require external processing.  The self sufficient chip integrates  Analog Front Ends, a microcontroller unit, a power management integrated circuit, a digital signal processor,  and eFlash memory.

The five AFEs include bioelectrical impedance analysis, PPG, ECG, and galvanic skin response.  This enables the tracking of  body fat, skin temperature, and heart rate, among other measures.


 

Wearable Tech + Digital Health San Francisco – April 5, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

NeuroTech San Francisco – April 6, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

2nd Annual Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC – June 7, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences

NeuroTech NYC – June 8, 2016 @ the New York Academy of Sciences