Apple tops smartwatch satisfaction while Samsung superior for fitness bands

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J.D. Power has released two reports on satisfaction in wearable tech; one focusing on smartwatches and the other on fitness bands. Apple topped the satisfaction survey for smartwatches while Samsung stood first in the fitness band category.

The reports ascertain overall satisfaction among customers who purchased the devices within the past 12 months. The reports also provided a breakdown on satisfaction across 11 factors.

For smartwatches, the foremost factors – in order of...

By Wearable Tech, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Research, Smartwatches.

Patent for ‘snug vest’ aiming to help those with autism and sensory processing disorders

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Students with autism and anxiety in the US and Canada will be able to pursue a proper education and therapy with the help of the Snug Vest – a specially designed inflatable garment by Wearable Therapeutics – which employs the ‘Deep Pressure Therapy’ technique that helps children and adults who are in need of constant pressure to achieve daily tasks with ease.

Wearable Therapeutics founder and CEO, Lisa...

By Wearable Tech, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Consumers consider accuracy as most important feature of wearables, survey reveals

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Consumers consider accuracy as the most important feature of wearable devices, with more than half of those who do not own a wearable considering buying one if they trusted its accuracy.

The survey, of 706 US consumers, aged between 18 to 65, titled “The State of Wearables Today” conducted by Valencell and MEMS & Sensor Industry Group, looked to gain insight on consumers’ knowledge and preferences around wearables such as a device, clothing or accessories...

By Wearable Tech, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Apple showcases watchOS 3 and promises ‘breakthrough’ health features

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Apple has looked to reinvigorate the Apple Watch with watchOS 3 with improvements to performance and navigation along with new features related to fitness and health.

New physical features include new watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and Numerals. Apps – such as, Workout, Music or Messages – will now be able to launch from the watch face. Customers can add complications to the Photo, Motion or Timelapse watch faces.

As regards performance, users can press...

By Wearable Tech, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, iOS.

Researchers develop low-power wearable system to aid asthma patients

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Researchers at the National Science Foundation’s Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at North Carolina State University have developed a low-power wearable system that will help predict and prevent asthma attacks.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that over 24 million people are impacted by asthma in the US and patients currently make use of inhalers to counter the systems that can include...

By Wearable Tech, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Philips and Pegasystems partner with wearable tech to improve patient care

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Royal Philips and Pegasystems have partnered to aid managed care service providers and accountable care organisations to make use of connected devices and health data to boost patient care.

The collaboration will see the integration of the Pega Care Management Application to the Philips HealthSuite Cloud platform. The development will also lower costs at support care managers and insurers, with general availability slated for later in 2016.

Philips and Pegasystems will put on display...

By Wearable Tech, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Research: Safety devices will drive wearables beyond fitness – phones will be 'just screens'

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Ericsson surveyed 5,000 smartphone users in Brazil, China, South Korea, the UK and the US for a ConsumerLab report on the views of the 280 million smartphone users around the globe about wearable devices. 

Researchers develop first flexible wearable monitoring biochemical and electric signals

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego claim to have put together the first flexible wearable device capable of monitoring both biochemical and electric signals.

The Chem-Phys patch represents a breakthrough in the healthcare wearables space and provides real time recording of electrocardiogram (EKG) heart signals and levels of lactate, a biochemical marker of physical effort.

Nanoengineers and electrical engineers at the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors...

By Wearable Tech, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

NIAAA names winners of $200,000 wearable tech alcohol biosensor challenge

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BACtrack, a company that designs and sells portable breath alcohol testers for consumer and professional use, took the first prize at the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge organised by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

BACtrack won $200,000 at the competition that assessed a discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in near real-time. BACtrack’s entry, the BACtrack Skyn, is a wrist-worn device and offers continuous and non-invasive...

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