Wearable tech for healthcare:

The wearables market is estimated to have reached over $4 billion in 2017. The Internet of Things (IoT) has numerous applications in the healthcare sector. Most medical device providers have started adding wearable components to their product lines.
While consumer fitness trackers can help the user stay in shape, medical wearables have the ability to detect life-threatening conditions and collect bio-metric data to help doctors with patient diagnoses. A product is only as good as the sum of its parts. Engineers consider several factors while designing hardware that powers these devices. Some of these include product life cycle, size, reliability and haptics.
The pace in consumers adopting wearables has increased in recent years. The most popular wearable devices continue to be wrist bands and smart watches. Although there are numerous companies launching wearable products, certain industry leaders like samsung continue to lead the way in using wearables to find healthcare solutions.
With tech companies partnering with healthcare organizations, the clinical applications of wearables is evolving to solve some of healthcare’s biggest problems. Monitoring the body’s health condition has become easier for individuals by using data collected on a daily basis from wearable devices. From fitness bands to smart watches and Google Glass, wearables are being widely adopted by consumers.
Here are some of the latest wearable healthcare technology aimed to help patients and doctors make better decisions.
1. LIVE by Earlysense is a remote monitoring device that monitors sleep and vital statistics. Real time patient vitals can be monitored through a mobile application with monthly subscription.
2. Fitbit Surge: This touch screen fitness tracker offers a number of features to users. This includes tracking steps and sleep, phone calls and text message alerts, keeps tabs on heart rate with a built-in optical heart rate monitor, and there is also a community where users can share activities and even compete for the first place earned by the fittest.
3. PIP: It is a tiny device that designed to give real-time feedback about the user’s stress levels. Stress reduces your level of focus, leads to bad sleep and decreases emotional well-being. With data collected from the device, a mobile app allows users to learn how to reduce stress.
4. Withings Blood Pressure monitor: This device is one of the earliest of its kind available in the market. It comes with an app that measures the user’s heart rate, blood pressure and also counts the steps taken weekly. Users can set up reminders to check blood pressure, take medication and more.
5. Fitbit Aria: This smart scale device tracks the user’s weight and body fat percentage and uploads the information to a cloud-based account. The device can sense up to eight different people who see weight changes compared to their physical activity.
6. Viatom Checkme: It is the world’s first medical tricoder that not only measures body temperature, but also traces ECG, measures pulse rate, oxygen saturation, systolic blood pressure, physical activity and sleep as well.
7. GymWatch Fitness tracker: This device plays the role of a personal fitness coach that is designed to give users visual, verbal and real time feedback. There is also an online community to connect with like-minded fitness enthusiasts.

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