The latest advances in medical wearables that have grabbed our attention
It takes something quite special and groundbreaking to really grab our attention, but the latest advances in medical wearables have done just that.
From life-changing glasses that guide the blind, to wearables that measure air quality and UV exposure, these amazing devices are part of a brave new world where the Internet of Things and medicine combines.
Medical wearables that change the way we look at the planet
Awareness of the changes in our personal and global environment is crucial for both ours and our planet’s health, and these wearables help to do that in a non-invasive manner:
– Air Louisville - using wearable technology to collect mass data samples isn’t entirely new and has already been shown to be effective. The Air Louisville GPS sensor is the latest attempt to tackle the terrible air pollution in Louisville (one of the worst offenders in the USA), by monitoring asthma users puffs on their inhalers. By tracking the 'hotspots' of inhaler use combined with local weather and air pollutants, the devices (attached to 1,200 users citywide) can build a picture of the worst areas of pollution on a given day and pass it on to those who use the app. It’s claimed that the information has led to inhaler carriers cutting down their usage by up to 84 percent.
– Aira - some of the latest advances in medical wearables appear to have come straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, and Aira is certainly a device that fits that bill. Using either an app or, more effectively, a pair of Horizon Smart Glasses, Aira is a service that allows partially sighted or blind users to move around freely by connecting to an agent who provides live information on what's in front of them. It's such a simple concept - have a trained agent give voice prompts based on what they see through the camera on your phone or specialised glasses - that we’re amazed it hasn’t been done before.
– DreamOn - the DreamOn device by Pulseware may still only be at the prototype stage, but we're really excited to share it with you. Insomnia is a condition that many people experience at some point in their lives, and many are blighted by it to such an extent that a device that can help them achieve natural, drug-free sleep would be a godsend. DreamOn is worn on the wrist, where it omits gentle low-frequency pulses through the body to work with your natural rhythms to encourage your body to drift off into sleep. Trials have been successful and we can’t wait to see it hit the market.
The future of medicine looks bright with so many life-changing conditions now able to be monitored and treated simply and non-invasively. We can't wait to see where the latest advances in medical wearables take us next, but we’re happy to be living in these most exciting of technologically advanced times.