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Look Out for the Wave of Wearable Devices hitting the Healthcare shore in 2015

Posted by : Sonal Rathod

On : 19 March 2015

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Yes, Healthcare & Fitness industry is the one which is now experiencing a wave of health wearables & devices. If you think it’s just about measuring how many steps you’ve taken, guessing how many calories you’ve consumed, and measuring your heart rate; go get yourself updated!

What’s wearable technology?

Wearable technology includes items, such as jewellery, glasses and clothing — worn on, in and around the body — incorporating sensors and other electronic technologies.

Future Impact of Wearables

According to a PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) report,

56 % believe that the average life expectancy will grow by 10 years because of wearable-enabled monitoring of our vital signs.

46% believe wearable technology will decrease obesity by allowing us to monitor our nutrition and exercise.

42% believe the average person’s athletic ability will improve dramatically as we use wearable technology to monitor and fine-tune our sports progress.

Wearable Wonders & Healthcare Devices

From the panoply of health wearables available within the market & many which are to be launched, we have handpicked few of them & gathered some of their facts & functions. So let’s get to the depth of the world that is never offline!

Sensoria Fitness Socks

Yes, you read it right folks! The humble sock is now smarter.

Sensoria smart socks are infused with comfortable, textile pressure sensors. It looks like a pair of normal footwear, with an anklet magnetically attached to one half of the pair. Beneath both socks, there are 3 sensors - two measuring the impact on the ball of your feet, and one right underneath the heel. The socks are designed like an electronic board, except instead of wires, they’re fabricated with conductive fibres to transfer the signals from the sensors to the anklet.

They inform you in real-time when you are striking with the heel or the ball of your foot. It monitors your foot-landing technique as you run. Also visualizes the foot heat-map on the Sensoria Fitness mobile app. It helps you to avoid running-related injuries.

The Sensoria Virtual Coach within the app continuously monitors your running form and provides you real-time feedback through audio and video cues during your run. So Get, Sock, Go!

Notch Motion Tracker

Wanna know how your body moves? Meet Notch, which help you give details of your moves like angle of knee even when you are doing complex movements - karate kick or dancing to a tune or a basketball throw.

Notch has a modular approach to motion tracking; it brings you library of movements, physics of your motion and biomechanics insights. The sensors collect the data & funnel it to the user’s phone. It allows skeletal tracking & deeper analysis of how your body moves.

Martial Artists definitely will want to know amplitude of kick, height of kick etc. Sport players, Dancers & Skydivers are also showing great interest in Notch.

OKU – Skin Coach

Everyone wants their skin to look and feel its very best, with a smooth, flawless look and a youthful glow. OKU helps you get that look! It is a completely new category of skin wellness device that can help make this dream a reality.

OKU,the world’s first iPhone-connected device that sees below the skin’s surface to analyze and address its needs. This revolutionary cube shaped skin scanning device connects to an iPhone and serves as a personal skin coach, helping develop a customized and effective skin care regimen for healthy, glowing skin.

OKU works within the visible (and safe) light spectrum using a special light source to illuminate the skin’s layers. This visible light penetrates a few millimeters of the skin and the imager reads tissue structures like oil glands, collagen, and elastin. Beautiful isn’t it?

Temp Traq

Tiny tots are also now a target customer for wearables! Say Hello to TempTraq – The only wearable, wireless, continuously monitoring intelligent thermometer. It is more than that of a digital thermometer but it is the first & only 24 hrs intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records & sends alert of a child’s temperature to parent’s mobile device. This device attaches like a band-aid to a child so they can sleep and rest comfortably while their parents monitor their fever from close by. So a parent can monitor the temperature even when the baby is asleep. The TempTraq patch is soft, thin & comfortable to wear & easy to remove.

Quell – Pain Relief

Quell is not a ointment or a gel for pain relief, its pain relief redefined! Quell is world’s first pain relief wearable.

Its revolutionary,100% drug free & clinically proven to relieve chronic pain at a push of a button. With Quell experience relief in just 15 minutes. It works with your own body by stimulating your nerves and blocking pain signals to your brain. It’s comfortable enough to wear wherever you are and slim enough to wear under clothes. Quell is on call 24 hours a day, including while you sleep. The comfortable device was designed so that it can be worn to bed. It automatically tracks your sleep quality and adjusts to ensure you get the relief you need to rest soundly.

UV Buddy Jewellery

Jewellery to look after your health! UV-Buddy.com produces a selection of UV reactive jewellery and accessories to help raise your awareness of ultraviolet (UV) rays whilst enjoying outdoors.

These simple and stylish jewellery items or accessories is made up of special ultraviolet reactive beads will let you know when to apply your sunscreen. Beads are made of special plastic material which contains pigments that change colour when exposed to UV light. This is very important as too much exposure to this harmful radiation from the sun can have long term damaging effects on your skin. When wearing our jewellery or accessories, you will be able to determine how much ultraviolet light you are being exposed to. None of the energy in the ultraviolet is visible to the naked eye but these accessories will make you aware of its presence. It creates awareness of how UV radiation can be harmful to your skin and allow you to take preventive measures to reduce the risks associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Goqii Band

Goqii, is a offering by an Indian startup; differentiates itself from the rest of the competition by offering a fitness coach to go with it. If you order a Goqii, you're actually paying for a 6 month subscription to a Goqii coach. The coach is a real, certified fitness professional who has access to your profile and the data collected by the Goqii band. The coach analyses your data and sets goals, suggests changes in diet, physical activity, sleep, water/food intake and will offer tips to keep you more active. Since a person is monitoring your activity, it pushes you to reach your goals.

Goqii also has a Karma points system. All the activity you do on your Goqii band converts into Karma points. These points can be donated for various social causes. The Goqii donor partners then provide cash to the social cause in exchange for your points. In a way, you can spur yourself on by telling youself that it's for a good cause. GOQii helps you nurture your body, mind and soul to make a permanent shift to a healthier lifestyle.