La Roche-Posay rolls out skin sensor offering real-time monitoring of UV radiation

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In order to raise public awareness on personal sun exposure, La Roche-Posay has rolled out a stretchable skin sensor called My UV Patch formulated to provide real-time tracking of UV radiation.

The patch is water and sweat-resistant and can be used for up to three days during all outdoor activities, including swimming. The transparent adhesive measures approximately one square inch and 50 micrometers thick – half the thickness of an average strand of hair – and unlike the...

By Wearable Tech, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Implants.

Fitbit reports $587m revenue in Q216, represents a 46% year on year increase

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Fitbit sold 5.7 million devices in the second quarter of 2016 on a 46% year-on-year increase in revenue to $586.5 million during the period.

The US accounted for 76% of revenue on sales growth of 42% year-over-year while EMEA revenue grew 150% year-over-year while accounting for 17% of the company’s revenue during the period. APAC accounted for 2% of the company’s revenue while seeing a 54% decline in sales. Excluding the impact of the progressive shut down of retailer...

By Wearable Tech, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness.

This smartwatch app aims to help communication in nursing homes

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A new smartwatch app being developed at Binghamton University in New York aims to improve communication and prevent falls at nursing homes.

The new app is being developed by two researchers – assistant professor of systems science and industrial engineering Huiyang Li and PhD candidate Haneen Ali – at the Binghamton University in New York.

The app aims to help certified nursing assistants (CNAs) respond to alerts more quickly and help prevent...

By Wearable Tech, 04 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Smartwatches.

Wearable baby monitor MonBaby to feature in 444 Target stores across US

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US retail giant Target will feature the wearable breathing and rollover monitor MonBaby in 444 brick-and-mortar stores across the country, as part of the Connected Home line announced in 2015.

MonBaby is already on sale on Target.com and a number of other online retail channels since early 2016. A certain portion of the brick-and-mortar stores featuring the device will be Target's Baby 360 specialty stores that were launched in...

By Wearable Tech, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Philips rolls out network of connected wearable technologies

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Royal Philips has announced the launch of a series of HIPAA-approved wearable technologies including health watches, blood pressure monitors, and thermometers.

Statistics reveal that more than 66 million Americans above the age of 50 have at least one chronic disease, even as 90% of chronic conditions can be avoided by modifying one’s lifestyle. In order to help patients and people in this area, Royal Philips is launching wearable technologies and the first phase of personal health...

By Wearable Tech, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Garmin reports 5% year-on-year rise in revenue to $812m in Q216

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Garmin has announced its results for the second quarter ended June 25, 2016, with revenue growing 5% year-on-year to $812 million.

Gross margin expanded to 57.0% compared to 54.2% in the prior year quarter, and operating margin expanded to 24.7% compared to 21.5% in the prior year quarter. GAAP EPS grew 18% year-on-year to $0.85 while pro forma EPS grew 21% year-on-year to $0.87.

Cliff Pemble, president and chief executive officer of Garmin, said: “We achieved strong results in...

By Wearable Tech, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Research, Smartwatches.

Two examples of how wearable tech aims to help patients with Parkinson’s disease

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Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies (GLNT) and start-up XEED are working on utilising wearable technology to aid patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

GLNT released findings from a new study, published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, examining how clinicians can use wearable tech to decide when considering advanced therapy for patients. GLNT’s KinesiaOne technology – which uses wearable sensors linked to a web...

By Wearable Tech, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

How the use of wearable neuromuscular devices could cut down cruciate ligament injuries

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New research unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) argues that the utilisation of wearable neuromuscular (WNM) devices among female footballers could cut down the occurrence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The study ascertained functional improvements in athletes who used the devices in combination with a regular training program.

The study made use of 79 elite youth and collegiate female soccer players (age...

By Wearable Tech, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Wearables and social care: How you can become your own ‘personal care professional’

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The relationship between health and social care professionals and their patients is changing, as a result of the increasing access we all have to personal data and online information. With a relatively small collection of wearable consumer devices, linked to a smartphone, I can amass details about my general health, a medical condition, the impact of lifestyle habits and effect of prescribed treatments - more than doctors have ever been able to do in the past. The idea of the...

By Jos Creese, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.