Browsing Category: Wearables

Future hearable sensors could track physical, emotional state

Apple has filed patent applications describing wireless earbuds that monitor health while a wearer talks on the phone or listens to music.  This has obvious exercise-related implications, but could potentially track the physiological impact of one’s emotional state while making calls, as a mobile mental health tool. Sensors included in the patent include EKG, ICG, […]

Sensor, data, and AI-driven primary care

Forward has brought advanced technology to well-care. Patient/Members are integrated into the practice with a baseline  screening via body scans, blood and genetic tests.  They are then given consumer and medical wearables, which work with proprietary algorithms, for continuous monitoring (and access to data), personalized treatment, and emergency alerts. Physical exam rooms display all of the data […]

Consumer wearable + medical monitor track exercise’s impact on glucose

Consumer wearables can complement medical devices by integrating activity data into a disease management strategy. Fitbit movement data will now be used with a Medtronic diabetes management tool, with the goal of users predicting the impact of exercise on glucose levels. Diabetics can monitor glucose with Medtronic’s iPro2 system continuously for 6 days. Fitbit data will […]

Multiple wearable sensors predict illness

Stanford’s Michael Snyder has published the results of a health wearable study, in which 2 billion measurements were taken from 60 subjects, concluding that such devices can be used to predict illness. Continuous biosensor data, plus blood chemistry, gene expression and other tests,  were included. Participants wore 1-7 commercial wearables, which collected more than 250,000 […]

Ultra-flexible transistor for discreet, continuous health monitoring

Stanford professor Zhenan Bao‘s latest bioelectronic innovation has disrupted wearable technology as we know it.   The ultra-flexible transistor can be stretched to twice its length, without losing conductivity.  Conductors are confined inside an extremely thin, flexible polymer material, ideal for adhesive or tiny wearables. Digital health applications are unlimited —  providing discreet, continuous, and […]

Tiny wearable sensor measures blood flow

Kyocera has developed a tiny optical sensor to measure blood flow volume in subcutaneous tissue, meant to be integrated into a phone or wearable. Potential applications include monitoring stress and preventing dehydration, heat stroke, and altitude sickness. The device will be used  in/on an ear, finger or forehead, to measure the velocity-driven frequency of reflected […]

Self regulating patch optimizes blood thinner delivery

UNC and  NC State researchers have developed a promising, self-regulating, Heparin releasing patch, meant to optimize levels of the blood thinner in one’s body.  It has only been tested on animals, but was found to  be more effective at preventing thrombosis than traditional drug delivery methods. Current protocol requires regular blood testing, to prevent hemorrhaging […]

Cabin sensors, wearables, smart pills to monitor air passenger health

British Airlines has filed a patent application for a system that would monitor when a passenger is awake, asleep, hungry, nervous, hot, cold or uncomfortable. The “system and method for controlling the travel environment for a passenger” encompasses motion-sensing sleep monitors, wearables that track eye movement, heart rate, and temperature, and ingestible health-tracking pills. The […]

Wearable patch monitors lactate, glucose, and pH in sweat

Northwestern’s John Rogers has developed a wearable, sweat analyzing patch.  The flexible microfluidic device uses colorimetric biochemical assays and integrates smartphone image capture analysis to monitor lactate, glucose, chloride ion concentrations, and pH.  The wearable, with sports, military, and disease monitoring applications,  can be adapted to test tears and saliva. Professor Rogers will be a […]