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Is the #Quantified Self useful for #healthcare?

Wearables and self-health monitoring apps are a booming market and have started a mini social-cultural revolution. But what do the healthcare professionals think? Article originally published on 4 December 2014 and updated on 16 January 2015 The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month was once again a showcase for the merits of connected health. Some 300 companies in this sector attended the event – 35% more than in 2014*.  In addition to the inevitable smart watches and pedometers, products such as myBrain’s anti-stress helmet, the Slow Control smart baby bottle, the  InBody band bracelet that measures your...

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Wearable devices: more than just a gadget

Wearable devices offer endless possibilities for healthcare, ranging from fitness monitoring gadgets to life-saving devices. The anti-heart attack vest LifeVest is a wearable defibrillator developed by ZOLL. Worn under the clothes, LifeVest continuously monitors cardiac patients’ heart and delivers a treatment shock if a life-threatening heart rhythm is detected. The vest can save lives of patients who cannot be fitted with a pacemaker for medical reasons or who are awaiting a transplant. LifeVest records all the patient’s vital signs and sends them to their physician. Blood pressure monitoring A third of the world’s population and 50% of people over...

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When fashion meets the Internet of Things…

Already popular with sportspeople, communicating clothes and shoes can also be used to improve mobility and safety. Will our whole wardrobe be interactive in the future? This year’s Futurotextiles expo showcased a range of innovative uses of smart textiles, ranging from dresses that reflect the wearer’s mood and T-shirts which display messages and monitor our health, to pollution-protection suits and rompers that monitor babies. The event, organised by the Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants – (European Centre for Innovative Textiles), showed that new technologies can bring added value to professional garments, as well as inspiring fashion designers. Even at...

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Digital vision: THE big tech trend for 2014?

As the market eagerly awaits the launch of Google Glass, other smart glass projects are abounding. The market for Google Glass The much-hyped Google Glass, which has been in its beta testing phase under the name “Explorer Edition’’ since early 2013 in the US, has already been tested on around 10,000 users. The consumer release (for a price of $1500) will be in 2014. Google hopes to generate around €1.5 billion in revenue from the glasses as from 2015, while financial analysts predict they could be worth as much as $3 billion by 2017. In addition to the usual...

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Time flies even faster: Sony, Samsung and Qualcomm present their connected timepieces

The latest wearable devices are smartwatches: Galaxy Gear, SmartWatch2 and Toq. Galaxy Gear: Samsung’s debut smartwatch Among the new devices the Korean giant unveiled at this year’s IFA was its very first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, which offers a number of advantages over its competitors, including 4 GB of memory. It picks up notifications and controls music, but is more than just a remote interface for your primary connected device - it practically replaces it: using the built-in speaker and microphone, you can actually make and receive calls (not as a standalone phone but via a Bluetooth connection to...

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