Imec, a non-profit R&D innovation organization, has introduced a wearable device that integrates wireless eye-tracking technology into regular eyeglasses.
Fitbit has come out with a new health/fitness smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa. Closely resembling the Apple Watch in appearance, the lightweight Versa has three physical buttons on its sides and a 1.34-inch, 300 x 300 LCD touchscreen that together allow users to navigate Fitbit OS.
Because workout intensity is critically important to endurance athletes, many of them will likely welcome a new wearable device called the “Hex” from Humon, which measures muscle oxygen levels in real time. The device’s capabilities allow athletes to adjust exertion levels while they are in the midst of training.
It didn’t take long for Apple to shake up the wearables market. It has just introduced a new feature that will allow Apple watch users to download parts of their medical records to their iPhones.
Employers and insurers are looking to wearable technology to gauge the progress of wellness programs on their workforce.
Firms are turning to wearables not just for participation and engagement data but also to ensure that their plans are more effective in improving outcomes and reducing risks to health, according to a Springbuk Report, “Employer Guide to Wearables 2.0” cited in ProBen.
The increase in human lifespan—currently at an average of 80 years in developed countries—is often attributed to improved medical treatments and technologies, including innovations like the discovery of antibiotics and enhanced care for once-fatal occurrences like heart attacks. Yet advancements in medical technology also impact quality of life, particularly as people age. Many recent breakthroughs have improved seniors’ ability to remain healthy throughout the aging process, while simultaneously improving home care and challenges like overcrowded hospitals and remote populations.
A recent study at the 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons confirms the burgeoning theory that wearable health technology, an innovation that has progressively gained traction in medical and consumer arenas, can positively affect healthcare and patients’ wellness. Moreover, researchers have found that data from smartwatches have the capabilities to both detect—and even predict—the onset of disease.
Because a large segment of the population utilizes smartwatches, an enormous amount of data and metrics portray a more comprehensive overview of health, as opposed to a solitary visit to the doctor. Researchers from Stanford University conducted a study during which they gave participants smartwatches, and subsequently analyzed almost a year of the data. Measurements included skin temperature, heart rate, and data collected from sleep.