A smart patch that delivers insulin 

Kurzweil AI reports on the development of a smart patch that monitors blood glucose levels of people with diabetes and delivers insulin via microneedles when needed. From the article:

A team of scientists has invented a replacement for daily glucose-level finger-pricking and insulin shots: a painless “smart” patch that monitors blood glucose and releases insulin when levels climb too high.”

Source: http://www.kurzweilai.net/a-smart-patch-that-automatically-delivers-insulin-when-needed

Kardia Band for Apple Watch helps detect abnormal heart beats

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Yahoo News features an Apple Watch strap – the Kardia Band – that allows wearers with heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of strokes, to track their heart rate and share the data with medical professionals. From the article:

“The Kardia Band, developed in the US and already approved by federal health agencies, combines a wristband for Apple’s smartwatch with an app that enables users to monitor their electrocardiogram (ECG) – which tracks electrical activity in the heart – at any time.”

“The band can detect and alert wearers to any abnormal rhythms in the heart by sending notifications to their smartwatch and phone. The device can also be used to record heart rhythms, with the data then able to be shared with a user’s doctor. It also integrates with the Health app that is built into the iPhone.”

Source: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/kardia-band-wristband-apple-watch-helps-detect-abnormal-000426315.html

Wearable sleeve could improve stroke rehab

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Engadget highlights an innovation that aims to improve recovery from a stroke, being developed by researchers in the UK: a “wireless sleeve that gathers information of how a patient’s muscles react during home therapy.” Named M-Mark, it’s “the first to bring mechanomyogrpahy sensors (essentially ultra-sensitive microphones that measure muscle contraction) together with tri-axial accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers.”

The device would help track recovery progress and share this between patient and doctor, as well as reducing the number of appointments patients have to attend and bringing down healthcare costs.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/09/m-mark-stroke-therapy-sleeve/

A tracker to improve posture and body balance

Springwise features a Kickstarter project called Arki that aims to help people ‘walk right’. As well as tracking the usual metrics (steps, distance, etc), Arki also analyses the way you walk and uses haptic feedback as well as an app to improve posture and improve the balance of your body.

The device also acts as a biometric identifier, connects to your home network allowing integration with automation devices such as Nest, and even claims that it will be able to unlock your PC or smartphone.

Source: Springwise

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Embrace is a wearable to track stress and wellbeing

Wired covers a wearable that starts to show the potential for health and wellbeing tracking, called the ‘Embrace’. The device has been many years in development and measures builds on earlier devices from Empatica. The device includes “high-resolution gyroscopes, accelerometers, and temperature sensors, but also sensors that can measure electrodermal activity (EDA) — a real-time indicator of stress.”

The device is currently open for crowd funding and can help to track and monitor conditions ranging from “stress, autism, epilepsy, PTSD, depression, and anxiety”.

Sources: Wired / Empatica

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Attachable computing like tattoos and band-aids

The New York Times reports on the future of wearables, stating that a number of companies are expecting an evolution from the smartwatches and fitness trackers of the now to the potential of thinner and lighter devices including those that can be attachthed the skin like tattoos or band-aids. These attachable computers can include sensors and batteries and could have a variety of uses from health and fitness tracking to cosmetics and fashion.

Source: New York Times