Browsing Category: Wearables

Transparent artificial muscle plays music, demonstrating capabilities of ionic conductors Harvard researchers have demonstrated that electrical charges carried by ions, rather than electrons, can be put to meaningful use in fast-moving, high-voltage devices. These ionic conductors can be stretched to many times their normal area without an increase in resistivity—a problem common in stretchable electronic devices. They can be transparent, making them well suited […]

Data glasses controlled by eye movement — an alternative to brain machine interface Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed bidirectional OLED microdisplay eye-controlled data glasses.  Users can view the real world while browsing a large amount of virtual information and turn pages with their eyes. Integrated camera sensors register the direction of the wearer’s eye movements and an image processing program calculates the exact position of […]

ECG wristband sensors use your heartbeat as your password The Nymi wristband confirms a user’s identity via electrocardiogram sensors that monitor the heartbeat and can authenticate a range of devices, from iPads to cars. Developers at Bionym, the Toronto-based company that makes the device, say the peeks and valleys of an individual’s heartbeat are harder to imitate than the external features of biometric […]

Mayo Clinic studies step tracking data as a post-surgery monitoring tool Mayo Clinic has published a study using step recording from a  Fitbit activity tracker to monitor recovery in cardiac surgery patients and help hospitals determine the appropriate length of stay.  Those who had the shortest hospital stay walked the most on all days in the study, by a statistically significant margin. Likewise, patients bound for home walked […]

Crowdfunded “smart sock” monitors baby’s breathing Owlet Baby Monitors has created a baby “smart sock” with sensors that transmit a child’s heart rate, oxygen levels, skin temperature, sleep quality, and sleep position (rollover alerts) to a parent’s smartphone.  The company has launched a crowdfunding campaign as it goes through the FDA approval process.

Health tracking sensors embedded in commonly used items Health tracking technology is becoming increasingly accessible and aesthetically pleasing. Examples include Teddy the Guardian, a cute teddy bear used to monitor children’s health.  It measures a child’s heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and body temperature, and sends the data using wireless technologies to a paqrent’s smartphone.  Miniature and advanced sensors will continue to […]

Angel Health Monitor – Open platform, wearable vital sign sensors The Angel Health Monitor is an open platform and SDK that senses motion and acceleration, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rate.  It was created by Eugene Jorov in Israel and will launch a crowdfunding campaign soon.  Developers will be able to use Angel to create apps for iPhone, Android, and other devices […]

Transcranial direct current stimulation headset receives FCC approval The headset is an early player in the wave of non-invasive devices that will enable improved brain function.  It passes direct current between the cathode and anode, which are placed over the prefrontal cortex, making neurons more excitable.  This helps them to fire more quickly, improving reaction time. When the currents are removed, […]

Home medical device data uploaded to EHRs; patient participation encourages behavior modification Boston’s Partners HealthCare has launched a system that allows patients to upload information from their medical devices directly to their electronic records in doctors’ offices.  Patients can regularly use glucometers, blood pressure cuffs, bathroom scales, and pulse oximeters at home, and send the data to their doctors.  Doctors are also becoming increasingly interested in […]

Contact lens continuously monitors intra-ocular pressure The Sensimed Triggerfish combines a non-invasive wireless soft contact lens sensor with an automated system for recording IOP related patterns for up to 24 hours. The ambulatory patient wears the device during normal activity, including sleeping.  At the end of the session, the data is transferred from the recorder to an ophthalmologist’s computer for analysis […]