Digital technology in both the health and healthcare sectors is becoming increasingly important. The saturation of the software marketplace has increased over the last few years; it is now extremely difficult to distinguish between a useful app and a pointless one. While this may be the case for the software marketplace, there is one particular breed of technology in Digital Healthcare which is just beginning to take off; Wearable Technology.
Although the consumer version of Google Glass didn't really take off, its reincarnation as a potentially life-saving tool in the emergency room looks like the real deal. Hospitals across the country are already using the technology for their benefit; from voice commands to aid in surgery, to live streaming operations for training purposes. Google Glass looks as if it will become one of the main players in the digital healthcare technology marketplace.
Smart contact lenses
Google’s urge to bring technology to the consumer doesn't stop with Google Glass. Google X is partnering with Swiss drug maker Novartis on an ambitious project that aims to restore the eye’s autofocus abilities through a smart contact lens and correct age-related long sightedness. Sensors in the lens could also track health metrics through the user’s glucose levels in their tears; which could be a useful tool for diabetics to track their blood sugar levels.
Wearable health patches
Ultra-thin health patches which can be easily placed on the skin may become a huge tool for doctors to track patient’s vital signs, heart rate and muscle movement. Previously, these trackers were extremely expensive and time consuming to make. However, researchers at the University of Texas have developed a method for affordably producing these trackers in just 20 minutes.
The IOFIT is effectively a pair of trainers uses a combination of pressure sensors and a coaching app; in order to improve a user’s balance and body posture so that they could enhance their fitness routine and lower the risk of injury. Originally, this piece of wearable technology was designed for Golf players to improve their swing; but it also has potential to significantly help user’s fitness levels and training regimes.
The Kokoon EEG headphones uses special algorithms to track your sleep patterns and brain signals to figure out when to automatically adjust the volume levels of your music and reduce external noise as you fall asleep. It monitors the tiny voltages in the brain of the user as they drift off to sleep and relay data to a companion smartphone app. Headphones are usually uncomfortable to wear when sleeping, but the Kokoon EEG is specifically designed to be comfortable and relaxing.
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