New wearables may be inside the body, claims Ericsson

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According to Ericsson ConsumerLab's '10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2016' report from its global research programme, internal sensors within the body may become the new generation of wearables.

Eight out of 10 consumers surveyed said that they would like technology that enhances their cognitive abilities and sensory perception, such as hearing, memory and vision. More than half would also want to improve their communication capabilities. One in three consumers expressed interest in...

By Wearable Tech, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health & Wellness.

Fitness wearables could lower insurance premiums

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Health insurers are starting to factor in data from fitness devices when looking at policy premiums.

For example, VitalityHealth has started to accept data from Garmin, Polar, and other major fitness monitoring devices. It even offers discounts to policyholders to purchase some of the units. Some major insurers will help create a health plan based on the data from these devices.

On the...

By Wearable Tech, 07 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Smartwatches, Trackers.

Remote Medical Technologies to unveil wearable telemedicine solution

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Remote Medical Technologies (RMT) will introduce wearable telemedicine solution iMedHD2 EyeCandy at the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) Annual Meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago, US, from November 29 to December 4. iMedHD2 EyeCandy is a wearable eyeglass device that facilitates real-time transmission of live images.

The wearable solution will provide a radiologist with remote monitoring, allowing them to instruct technicians from a distance. The solution...

By Wearable Tech, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

HealBe GoBe wearable now offers automatic hydration level monitoring

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The Healbe GoBe wearable device has made monitoring of hydration levels easier by introducing automatic tracking via a new firmware update – and now users will not have to manually input the amount of fluids consumed as the device’s impedance sensor ascertains overall hydration level.

The Healbe FLOW Technology uses data on physical activity levels and calories burnt to determine water requirement. Healbe GoBe provides two readings on hydration level – normal...

By Wearable Tech, 23 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Wrist-based trackers to power growth in fitness wearables

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Juniper Research has released a report that projects hardware revenues generated from the fitness wearables sector to nearly triple from an estimated $3.3 billion (GBP 2.2 billion) in 2015 to $10bn (GBP 6.6bn) by 2020, mainly on account of sales of wrist-based trackers.

Fitness currently outstrips fashion as the key purchase driver among wearable consumers. More than 70% of those weighing the purchase of a wearable are looking to use a fitness device. As a result, the current demand...

By Wearable Tech, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health & Wellness.

How wearables can improve safety and efficiency in surgery

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Though wearables have gained a lot of attention in the consumer segment, such devices have the potential for adoption in the enterprise and even in the medical arena, as evidenced by researchers in the UK.

According to News Medical, Nottingham Trent University has collaborated with the Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust on the design on a...

By Wearable Tech, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual Data, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Wearable robots and exoskeletons market reveals potential at embryonic stage

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Just over 10% of warehouse professionals have programmes underway or being planned for IoT adoption, according to a Daintree Networks report.

Though the market for wearable robots and exoskeletons is still in its early stages, there exists a lot of potential for growth as the number of applications begins to increase. AcuteMarketReports.com has added a new report that expects the value of the market to rise from $16.5 million in 2014 to $2.1 billion by 2021. The key regions...

By Wearable Tech, 09 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Review: Beat the winter blues with Re-Timer

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Re-Timer is a pair of glasses designed in Australia which uses light therapy to alter your circadian rhythm, or "body clock" as it's often known. One season in particular causes havoc with our natural sleep cycle and can affect our mental state, winter. 

Many people, including me, suffer from something called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) whereby the short hours of daylight – combined with dark mornings and evenings –...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Devices, Health & Wellness, iOS.

Wearable medical device market to grow 17.7% by 2020

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A new report by Mordor Intelligence has forecast that the global wearable medical device market will exceed $7.8 billion (£5.07bn) by 2020.

The report defines wearable medical devices as those that are attached to the human body and act as biosensors to monitor and detect changes in key body indicators, and to capture physiological data. Given their functions, the devices are autonomous, non-invasive and primarily used for clinical monitoring. They are used for monitoring...

By Wearable Tech, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Opinion: Wearables are creating useful data streams

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A recent article in Bioscience Technology acknowledged how new technologies are generating significant amounts of data in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, and how this is viewed as a positive development for these markets. Data is no longer just being produced from lab...