With the continual development in technologies, more powerful high-tech gadgets are replacing devices that were once deemed ‘revolutionary’. Smartphones and tablets that changed consumer’s lifestyles are now being replaced by more portable technologies in the form of wearable devices.
Smartwatches and smart headsets have been around on the market for quite a while now. Samsung and Sony have revolutionized the game by releasing their own version of standalone smartwatches that can run on thier own SIM cards and perform similar functions to smartphones.
However, wearables don’t just look exhibited modern aesthetics and allow people to relax by playing games or reading content. The next wave of technologies will be focusing on assisting people with specialized health needs. Read on below to find out how the next batch of wearable devices will provide in-depth health assistance to humans.
Smart contact lens for Diabetics
Known for its high-tech solutions, Google isn’t only working on building a standalone VR headset for consumers, it’s also in the developmental stages of producing a health solution that can aid the growing number of patients with diabetes worldwide. In partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, the search giant is now in the process of creating the first smart contact lens that can non-invasively monitor blood sugar levels of patients through their tears. Aside from assisting diabetics, the smart contact lens is also designed to correct user’s vision.
Google has not given any details yet on the release of the smart lens, as they want to make this technology ‘flawless’ by the time they release it to the public. Co-founder Larry Page said they are trying to avoid releasing it too early so they ensure all bases are covered with the innovation.
Wearable for calf pain
It promises a “100% Drug Free” pain relief for chronic calf pain. The Quell is a revolutionary device that aids people with constant body pain by sending signals to the brain to stimulate and relax nerve endings, particularly in the calf area, which is prone to aches due to walking, jogging, and standing for long periods. The company claimed, “67% of Quell users reported a reduction in their use of pain medication.”
By reducing muscle pain, the device also promises to improve user’s sleeping patterns as well as muscular pain.
Smart band for Epilepsy
While some fitness wearables can only track basic health parameters, other smartwatches such as the Apple Watch are more advanced as it can mimic some of its paired handsets functionalities. So far, the iPhone 6s is the best smartphone to pair with the Apple Watch as O2 said it comes pre-built with the iOS 9 and all the latest functionalities users need to accurately monitor their health. But, new waves of smartwatches are now able to carry out the same functionalities. So, what’s next for the smart band?
The next batch of fitness band will no longer focus on mimicking the features of smartphones, as a revolutionary wearable wants to set a standard in making the technology a “real” health assisting device. Empatica, a human data analytics firm in Italy, came up with a smart band that can assist patients with chronic epileptic attacks. A crowdfunded project, the Embrace band is similar to the standard smartwatch appearance, minus the touchscreen display. This life-saving device alerts the patient’s family members or the health professional overseeing them through an app or another paired wearable when an attack happens. It comes with a mobile app that helps the patient’s family track feedback, sleep patterns and their stress levels.
High-tech patch to relieve fever
TempTraq is a device that was aimed for working parents, and helps them monitor the wellbeing of their children by placing the patch on the patient and providing them real-time temperature readings on their mobile devices. More than just a digital thermometer, this offers plenty of benefits such as better sleep, 24-hour monitoring and an option to track multiple sick patients.
Akron Children’s Hospital, which is among the Best Children’s Hospital in the US, offered its support to this technology and are now leveraging the benefits of this wearable in monitoring young patients.
A high-tech solution to improving posture
Technology has become one of the main culprits for bad posture, such as the ‘Text Neck’ that commonly affects the younger generation due to their excessive usage of smartphone. The technology offers a solution for this problem through the invention of Upright. This high-tech device can improve a user’s posture by training them to eliminate positions that develop back problems.
The device needs to be worn on the user’s back for 15 minutes to an hour, targeting the spinal cord. It alerts people through a vibration when they slouch to keep their back straight. Based on their official page, it is an “effective training, which strengthens your core muscles and builds muscle memory.”
JBTechy has been following the latest trends in mTech, mLearning and mHealth. She is particularly fascinated with the development of health-focused technologies that can assist patients in developing countries and those in remote places that don’t get medical assistance. She is now dedicating most of her posts towards promoting mHealth so organizations and businesses can better build solutions to aid those people in developing countries. Watch out for her blog soon!