Monday, 25 January 2016 10:35

AromaCare Connected Wellbeing

AromaCare claims this device to be the world’s first connected essential oils diffuser. It allows you to program personalized aromatherapy sessions. Uses organic essential oil blends to improve health and wellbeing in six areas. nice move, but seems a bit restrictive to have to replace the oil reservoir for each type of treatment. Hopefully soon programmable so you could move smoothly from sleep to waking up therepy. Could wearable scent dispensing which reacts to the sensing of conditions be far off? Watch this space!

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The Brainco “mind control” headband from Looxid Labs. Effectively hacks into brain signals with a range of applications — from helping to improve attention spans, to detecting disease, controlling smart home appliances or even a prosthetic device.

According to Zenchuan Lei, the device “translates your brainwaves into electronic signals”

BrainCo. demonstrated how a person could use the headband to manipulate a prosthetic hand using brainwaves or simply turn the lights on or off just by focusing on that.”

Harvard and MIT scientists employ “neuro feedback,” as a means of allowing people to control their brain waves for various purposes. Brainco is developing the hardware and software required and hopes to have it available later this year for less than $150.

Published in Copy of Smart Glasses
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:37

iHealth - A Personal Healthcare Ecosystem

A family of products to help you stay healthy.

iHealth’s self-monitoring mobile health devices plus integrated mobile app make a complete self analysis kit to fit your lifestyle and assist in everyday health management.  You are able to set goals, view trends, track progress, log food intake, activities, and share your data instantly. Empowers people to manage their personal health in an intuitive way, while keeping up with their busy life. Works with Android and iOS Smartphones and Apple's Healthkit. 
A personal healthcare ecosystem!
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And valuable data for medical diagnosis as well. All from the convenience of your bathroom.

Compare that to what your doctor has to go through to get the same or even a subset of these results.

 

The Scanadu Scanaflo™ will test for levels of glucose, protein, leukocytes, nitrites, blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen, microalbumin, creatinine, ketone, specific gravity, and pH in urine.

 

Scanaflo™ is a urine test kit that will empower people to monitor their health at home. It is designed to give early information about liver, kidneys, urinary tract, or metabolism.

Simply expose the 'paddle' to urine sample, wait a minute for sensors to change colour, photograph results and iPhone App completes and records the results!

This information could be particularly effective for pregnant women, seniors, diabetics, and people who have just started taking medications. A smartphone app guides you through the test procedure, automatically processes the test results, stores them, and explains them.

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Scanadu Update - Scout ready to ship.
 

Scanadu first introduced this and it Caught My Eye last year at CES, but got to use one this year.

 

As if it is reading your mind, the Scanadu Scout™ provides valuable data about your body. All that information just by placing it on your forehead. Takes about 10 seconds. Imagine all the possibilities.

Holding the Scout between thumb and forefinger, touch the sensor edge to your temple and it measures your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. This takes about 10 seconds!

Innovation from Scanadu ready to ship for users in clinical trial - me included, so more on this as it progresses.

Oh, yes and a new product, Scanaflo urinalysis unit also Caught My Eye (separate entry)

Published in mHealth
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:20

Heart Rate Monitoring that makes sense.

Heartrate monitoring is becoming much less cumbersome and seems to be an important element not just of exercising, but to monitor your lifestyle as well. The new Mio Link is wrist worn, low power so batteries last and is continuously monitoring. Indicator lights on the unit give you indication of what zone you are in (heartrate-wise) but it works with the Mio Apps and others as well. Also has ANT+ for connectivity to other sports devices. Uses what they call electro-optical cell technology and replaces the more cumbersome chest straps used now. The styling is what caught my eye.

Available this month (March) at $99.

Published in Wearables
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:01

Sensors - Key to Wearables and AR User Value

InvenSense sensors and analysis software are in just about everything that moves in the mobile sector (I was told). Very accurate sound and motion sensing devices such as MEMS microphones and multi-axis motion tracking devices. Depending on application, InvenSense offers one to nine axis devices which include gyros, accelerometers and compass functions. These are their bread and butter, but of special note are their analysis software capabilities which make sense out of what is happening to turn raw data into situation and context terms. I spoke at length with Tanja Hofner, their Sr. Director of Hardware Applications and learned a lot about the art of the possible with sensors and why most simple step counters and other sensors being used in wearable products just don't deliver the value without proper in-context analysis and of course the UI to produce a genuinely valuable user experience.

if it's temperature and humidity that is needed, than another sensor company at MWC, Sensirion caught my eye as experts in this area. The tiny speck of s sensor pointed out in the picture is all it takes to add those parameters to the context needed to figure out what is going on. This wonderfully scientific and geeky looking sample they gave me adds battery and display to their tiny sensor to make it useful. Since your mobile phone and most wearable devices already have these, all you need is the sensor.

Published in Wearables
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 20:33

Scanadu

I have been a big fan of Scanadu for quite some time, following their progress and have pre-ordered a unit, but I was able to get an update from co-founder, Sam Lounis De Brouwer at their table at Pepcom. Very knowledgeable both from the technology and medical applications aspect. So often lacking in tech companies I see where they wax lyrical about the technology, but often don't understand the user value side of the equation. 

This discussion with Scanadu has left me with a very warm feeling about the sector in general and the dominance of Scanadu within it. 

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