Best Wearable Technology to Maintain your Health
This post is our effort to summarize the best wearable health technology devices that are available in the market. We expect that it will raise awareness and patients who could benefit from these technologies will be eager to purchase it.
What are Wearable Technologies?
The wearable technologies are those portable health trackers which can be worn on the body or some can be implanted inside the body. They are equipped with the health applications which can conveniently sense, scan and monitor your specific health condition, notify you and help your doctor in figuring out your medication need. Many of these wearable are efficient enough to monitor and stabilize your condition according to your need.
Figure 1. The Wearable Technology Landscape (Photo credit: MSL Group Wearables Wheel).
Let us have a look at some of these interesting technologies and find out how they can assist in our everyday healthcare.
Diabetes!! Try Wearing These.
Diabetes poses a lifelong risk to your health. The so called disease “Sugar” can stir sourness into the person’s life. It is one of the major causes of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness. According to WHO, the global prevalence of diabetes in the people above 18 years of age has almost doubled from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014. According to International Diabetes Federation, in 2015, there were 69.1 million cases of diabetes in India.
Both types of diabetes, the juvenile onset-Type 1 diabetes or Adult onset-Type 2 diabetes increase the risk of various serious complications in persons which can be managed and prevented by the regular monitoring of the disease.
A wide spectrum of gadgets is available these days in the market to efficiently manage your ‘sugar’ disease. The common technology that we see around for diabetes checking is Roche’s Accu-Chek Mobile or Bayer’s Contour USB Meter. These help in regular monitoring of blood sugar and data can be communicate to the doctor which effectively roots out the stress related to diabetes management.
Figure 2. Roche’s Accu-Chek Mobile (Left) and Bayer’s Contour USB Meter (Right) (Photo credit: official websites).
Diabetes management is now entering into a next generation with its wearable technologies entering into the scenario. Pancreum, the wearables artificial pancreas company developed Pancreum genesis system which is a wearable bi-hormonal artificial pancreas system. It checks the glucose level in every 4 minutes and delivers insulin and glucagon accordingly. It provides the information to a controller (personal Diabetes analyser) or smartphone in which data can be managed and utilized for the efficient management of the diabetes.
Figure 3. Pancreum genesis system (Photo credit: mauroamoruso.it).
An FDA approved, nocturnal, sensor based Hypoglycemia symptom alarm is available from Diabetes Sentry which can be worn on the wrist.The device monitors the symptoms of hypoglycaemia like increase in perspiration and decrease in skin temperature. It costs $495.
Figure 4. Hypoglycemia symptom alarm (Photo credit: All Health Care Products).
DexcomG5 Mobile CGM System was the first continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system. It comes with a sensor which can monitor glucose level every 5 minutes.
Figure 5. Dexcom G5 CGM Mobile apps (Photo credit: dexcom.com).
India’s first glucose monitoring system, FreeStyle® Libre Pro Flash Glucose Monitoring System launched last year by Abbott. It can constantly monitor your blood sugar level every 15 minutes for a period of 14 days and then you can consult the doctor with the downloaded results stored in the sensor. It is a coin sized glucose sensor which can be worn on the skin and a reading device is wirelessly connected. It will help doctor to figure out the best treatment plan. It will cost INR 1,999.
Figure 6. FreeStyle® Libre Pro Flash Glucose Monitoring System (Photo credit: diatribe.org).
For insulin users, smart patch like OmniPod comes with an insulin reservoir worn as a patch for the pain-free insertion of insulin into the body and a wireless Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) to manage the insulin delivery.
Figure 7. Next-Gen (Smaller) OmniPod Approved by FDA (Photo credit: healthline.com).
Giant technological companies like Google, Samsung, Apple have entered into the field of wearable technologies for diabetes management. Google has filed a patent for the needle-free blood drawing wearable that will use pressurized gas to pierce the skin to draw little amount of blood to test blood sugar level in the patients. Recently, The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Center for Nanoparticle Research in South Korea developed a wearable graphene-based patch for non-invasive blood-sugar diabetes monitoring and painless drug delivery.
Multipurpose smartwatches like InfraVitals not only functions as a continuous blood glucose monitor, but also function as a continuous blood pressure monitor, oxygenation level, body temperature, kidney function, ECG and much more.
Wear These and Have a Good Night Sleep!!
A sound sleep is essential for the overall health of a person. Persons who have to travel frequently across multiple time zones may suffer from a physiological disorder called jet lag. This occurs due to change in body’s circadian rhythms as your body gets confused due to travelling in different time zones. More than 1 million cases of jet lag arise in India alone per year.
Ok! So once again in this technologically progressing world we have got the weapon to combat this body’s sleeping confusion and to let you slip into Zzzzzzz stage.
Figure 8. Luminette®: Light therapy glasses (Photo credit: myluminette.com).
Belgium based Lucimed’s Luminette is the world’s first light therapy device worn like a pair of glasses above the eyes. Special white light emitted from the LED’s of Luminette hits the diffraction lens and stimulate the retina. Then, the receptor in the eyes send signal to the body’s circadian clock regulator, stopping secretion of melatonin, thus waking up the body system naturally. Wearing it for 20 minutes per day can give relief from sleep disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD), jet lag and other circadian rhythm problems.
Figure 9. Re-Timer: Light therapy glasses (Photo credit: touchofmodern.com).
Another light therapy device is Re-Timer light therapy glasses which produces 100% UV free green light. Wearing these glasses for 30 minutes can improve your sleep. It is devised on the proven results that green light wavelengths can shift sleep rhythms.
Figure 10. Kokoon EEG Headphones (Photo credit: thegadgetflow.com).
Another gadget at your service to offer good sleep is the sleep headphones like Kokoon. They are equipped with electroencephalography (EEG) sensors. The sensors track the small signals of the brain during the sleep and convey it to a smartphone app. The data is then utilized to make the next sleep more comfortable.
To monitor a sleeping baby, Sproutling Baby Monitor comes with an adjustable anklet for the sleeping baby which has a smart sensor embedded in the monitor, it measure a baby’s heart rate, motion, temperature and position while sleeping and the companion app will update the parents with all the data.The App will alert parents when the baby is awake.
Figure 11. Sproutling Baby Monitor (Photo credit: bgr.com).
A wireless, intelligent sleep mask, NeuroOn tracks your sleep patterns, brain activity and uses the information collected to improve the sleep with a mobile app. It uses light therapy programs which is built in the mask itself and enhances the sleeping experience of the person and also relieves from jet lag.
Figure 12. NeuroOn smart sleep mask (Photo credit: bgr.com).
Another exciting headband to enhance the quality of sleep is Sleep Shepherd. It uses soothing sounds called binaural beats like a mother’s bedtime song to put the person to sleep.
Figure 13. Sleep Shepherd Headband (Photo credit: sleepshepherd.com).
The headband then measures the brain waves and plays the sounds accordingly to ensure quality sleep. The headband connects to an app to gather information about your sleep.
Wearables Which can Maintain Your Blood Pressure
Hypertension commonly referred as high blood pressure (BP) is one of the most common lifestyle disorder nowadays. WHO reported in 2014, about 22% of adults above 18 years of age suffer from high blood pressure. India still has lower rates of hypertension patients compared to global figures but it is becoming an epidemic day by day. The people unaware about their hypertension pose greater risk to their health. If BP remains high for a long time it can lead to heart disease and stroke.
If you want to keep your blood pressure in control, it is essential to keep an eye on it every time. Technological advancement has showcased myriad light, easy to carry, wearable BP checking device which can make your life tension free. Htwo Care of Seoul, Korea made the world’s first wearable blood pressure monitor H2. It is a small and light wristband which is worn on the wrist. It can monitor your BP anytime, anywhere in just 20 seconds. Based on the results, it will also recommend proper diet and it can also be synced with the smartphone or personal computer and the records can be kept for longer period of time and utilized wherever necessary.
Figure 14. H2 is the first wearable blood pressure monitor (Photo credit: indiegogo.com).
In late 2016, Omron Healthcare’s wrist BP monitor which is a part of their project Zero will be ready for sale. It can cost you around $200. A startup, Blumio is devising a sensor based armband which has claimed to measure the BP in real time by using a radar technology. The cost is estimated around $200 to $400. The product can be expected in late 2016 or in fall of 2017.
Canada based Salu Pulse Band is also working on a wristband to track BP which will be synced with a Salu App to get further suggestions on improvement of the health.
Wear These and Kick out the Walking Problems
Here we reached to the those wearable gadgets which can help you walk away from all your walking, running and standing problems as well as help burn your calories. It can serve as an efficient several types of leg and foot pain reliever. A smart insole, Smartmove helps you monitor your daily physical activities via sensors and helps in improving it. You can transfer the data to your smartphone and maintain a record.
Figure 15. SmartMove (Photo credit: connectedarena.com).
Digitsole are the insoles made up of a lightweight material called Neotech. These insoles come with the heating element which propagates the heat throughout the sole keeping it warm and also has a step counter. Its temperature can be adjusted and helps you burn out your calories on the go.
Figure 16. Digitsole II (Photo credit: ulule.com).
If you are a runner Stridalyzer created by ReTisense are smart insoles that can help you to improve your running form to run better and avoid any injury. The Stridalyzer Pod present in certain shoes helps in real-time tracking and can provide alert and stress maps while you are running. The Stridalyzer app helps in maintaining the data record.
Figure 17. Stridalyzer (Photo credit: backerjack.com).
Many insoles can help in regaining and maintaining the mobility and balance like Walkasins. It is equipped with sensors which help you sense and improve your balance by giving gentle, vibratory prompts and helps in gaining the stability while walking.
Figure 18. Walkasins (Photo credit: rxfunction.com).
Surrosense RX system of Orpyx Medical Technologies is a wearable devise released in 2013. It helps in preventing foot ulcers by collecting pressure data. It costs US $799.99.
Figure 19. Surrosense RX system (Photo credit: imedicalapps.com).
Wearables Which Notify Your Cardiac Health and General Well Being
Fitness Trackers have gained much acceleration in the wearable technologies market. One out of ten people in US uses a fitness tracker.
Figure 20. Jawbone UP3 (Photo credit: thenextweb.com).
Wearable wrist bands like Jawbone UP3, FitBit Surge, FitBit Charge, FitBit Blaze, Garmin Vivosmart HR, keep track of the health by monitoring your activity and exercise pattern. It also monitors the heart beat per minute by its continuous heart rate sensor and data can be synced to mobile devices. These heart rate tracking system manage the cardiac health and update you regarding its functioning. They are also equipped with the sleep tracker.
Figure 21. Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 (Photo credit: blog.gsmarena.com).
Misfit Shine Swarovski, Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 keeps track of your walking, running cycling and other daily activities.
Leading company like Apple has launched Apple Watch which tracks your normal activity, workout and heart rate. The watch sends notification to tell you how close you are to reach your everyday exercise goal.
Figure 22. Microsoft band 2 (Photo credit: microsoftstore.com).
Microsoft band 2 has 11 biometric sensors including optical heart rate sensor, gyroscope, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, ambient light sensor, galvanic skin response sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, GPS, capacitive sensor and microphone. The data can be displayed in any windows, iOS and android smartphones.
Figure 23. QardioCore Wireless EKG Monitor (Photo credit: getqardio.com).
QardioCore Wireless EKG Monitor is a wearable, multi sensor EKG which tracks heart rate plus HRV, activity, respiratory rate, stress level, body temperature. Continuous ECG/EKG data can be recorded on your iOS device.
Figure 24. Samsung Gear Fit (Photo credit: att.com).
Samsung Gear Fit is a wrist worn activity tracker with continuous heart rate monitor. Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone comes with a built-in heart rate monitor.
Like these, you can see a kaleidoscope of wearable hand-free applications in the market having some typical or unique features which you can choose to understand your everyday health deficit and maintain it accordingly to lead a more stress free life.
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