New research reveals challenges and missed opportunities for wearables in clinical trials

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A ‘significant’ number of biopharma companies are not actively incorporating wearable technology into their clinical trials, according to a new study from the Life Science Strategy Group, which argues there is a missed opportunity.

The report focuses on adoption of wearable technology in clinical trials and perceived preparedness of contract research organisations (CROs) to include wearable technology into clinical development services. Quantitative research with nearly...

By Wearable Tech, 06 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Finnish health technology firm Ouraring closes €5 million in Series A funding

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Finland-based health technology company Ouraring, which claims to develop the world’s first ‘wellness ring’ alongside corresponding smartphone application ŌURA, has closed a €5 million series A funding round.

ŌURA is used in over 50 countries across the world out of which about two-thirds of the users are in the US alone. Apart from the individual users, many top universities, research organisations, sleep clinics, and companies also utilise rich data provided by...

By Wearable Tech, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

New research aims to create ‘wearable stethoscope’ for heart and speech monitoring

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Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and Northwestern University in Illinois, alongside the Eulji University College of Medicine in Korea, have developed a wearable acoustic sensor that can monitor heart health and recognise spoken words.

The sensor is a stretchable device that captures physiological sound signals from the body. It is well matched with human skin and can be mounted on nearly any surface of the body, says Jae-Woong Jeong, CU Boulder assistant...

By Wearable Tech, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Smart dog collar recognised with CES award

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This story is the opposite of ruff justice; a smart dog collar which aims to “secure and strengthen the bond between dog and owner” has been named a wearable technology awards honouree for the CES 2017 event in January.

The LINK AKC smart collar, which is expected to ship in early 2017, features a convex-shaped design that comfortably fits the natural shape of a dog's neck. The collar comes with a smartphone app that allows dog owners to stay fully connected with GPS and...

By Wearable Tech, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health & Wellness.

IDTechEx argues wearable tech market to exceed $30bn in 2016 and $150bn by 2026

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A three year research report from IDTechEx estimates that the global wearable technology market will be worth over $30 billion in 2016. The report says that the market will grow in three stages: 9% annually to over $40 billion in 2018, but then accelerating to 23% through to over $100 billion by 2023, before slowing to 10% to reach over $150 billion by 2026.

The report details IDTechEx's coverage of the wearable technology ecosystem, which looks at the industry from many different...

By Wearable Tech, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Research.

Emotion tracker Sence tracks 64 emotions using ‘heart rate variability’

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Planexta has introduced its Kickstarter campaign for the first emotion tracker for electrocardiography (ECG) technology, Sence. The technology helps users to understand their emotional state by measuring more than 64 emotions using heart rate variability (HRV), while simultaneously monitoring events that might trigger certain feelings.

HRV is as accurate as an ECG, which is 250 times better than traditional fitness trackers that use optical sensors that measure blood flow.

Users can track...

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

Researchers developing ‘smart textiles’ to help improve lives of Parkinson’s disease patients

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A biomedical engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and his team of students are exploring a technique that will help improve the lives of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Along with his team, Kunal Mankodiya, director of URI’s Wearable Biosensing Laboratory, is researching how to transform gloves, socks, clothing and even shoes into high-tech items that will make people with Parkinson’s disease healthier.

The research focuses on...

By Wearable Tech, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, IoT.

North America and Europe expected to lead wearable tech market until 2021

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A newly published report from Scalar Market Research has predicted the global wearable technology market to grow at a CAGR of 18.9% from $29.92 billion in 2016 to hit $71.23 billion by 2021.

The report is entitled ‘Wearable Technology Market by Products, Application – Global Revenue, Trends, Growth, Share, Size and Forecast to 2021’, and focuses on the entire ecosystem, from smart clothing and glasses, to augmented reality headsets, to industry verticals from fitness...

By Wearable Tech, 26 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Research.

Wearable health tech firm Mio Global secures $15 million in series B funding

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Canada-based Mio Global, a company which provides wearable health technologies, has announced $15 million in funding led by Hydra Ventures with participation from private investors.

The company is seeking to impact the global health scenario with its new Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) personal health metric and Mio SLICE wrist-based fitness tracker.

PAI uses heart rate to track the body’s response to all types of physical activity while providing actionable and...

By Wearable Tech, 20 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

This ‘artificial vision’ device aims to help the visually impaired accomplish daily tasks

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A newly developed ‘artificial vision’ wearable technology device aims to help the almost 250 million people suffering from low vision globally achieve everday tasks with more ease than using traditional assistive reading devices, according to a study presented at the latest meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

The Orcam My Eye is a hands-free device that can be clipped to eyeglasses. It features a miniature camera that sees and recognises what the...

By Wearable Tech, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Eyewear, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Why the global pharma industry will adopt digital health tools in coming five years

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A recently published research paper by healthcare technology provider Validic states that the global pharma and biotech will increasingly turn to digital health tools over the next five years to better collect, analyse and act on patient-generated health data (PGHD). This growth is attributed to increased pressures to reduce trials costs, streamline processes, demonstrate real world-efficacy, address medication adherence and improve treatments for chronic diseases.

The survey...

By Wearable Tech, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

TomTom Touch is a bold wearable that doesn't quite fit

You've probably heard of TomTom, but the likelihood is you remember them for some of the best in-car satellite navigation systems. The rise of smartphone apps with connected features and constant updates has muscled in on TomTom's once large market and driven the company to explore more future-proof efforts. 

TomTom believes it has something to offer...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Trackers.

OMsignal launches “truly feminine wearable tech” with smart sports bra

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Canada-based wearable sports tech manufacturer OMsignal has announced its latest product – the OMbra.

The OMbra is a smart sports-bra that offers a digital coaching experience to women involved in sports or simply to those who work out every day. It is embedded with patent-pending sensor technologies that accurately capture the body’s deepest signals and streams the data to the user’s smartphone. The company claims that the bra combines accurate heart and breathing...

By Wearable Tech, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Eccrine Systems secures $5.5m in series A for sweat-sensing wearable tech

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Eccrine Systems, a Cincinnati-based company dedicated to improving human health, safety, and productivity through innovation and development of advanced sweat sensing technologies has raised $5.5 million in series A funding.

The company’s technology platform addresses a wide range of monitoring applications including industrial toxicity, fitness-for-duty, stress management, treatment effectiveness and various medical conditions. The raised funds will help accelerate the...

By Wearable Tech, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

This company claims to have launched the first UV-focused smartwatch

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Dipitr Technologies has launched O'We, the first smartwatch that aims to monitor sun exposure. The fitness watch is currently available for pre-order at an early-bird discount of 40%.

The new smartwatch has a feature called SunTrack that tracks sun exposure, and will soon launch on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Apart from the sun exposure monitor, the watch has other fitness features including measurements of daily...

By Wearable Tech, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Smartwatches.

Global Kinetics get USFDA 510 (k) approval for Parkinson’s-treating smartwatch

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Australian biotechnology company Global Kinetics Corporation has received the 510 (k) marketing clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its second-generation PKG Watch aimed at assisting patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

The watch is being developed to record movement symptoms of Parkinson’s and provides medication reminders, and helps in making assessments about response to medication.

It has been developed on the basis of extensive feedback...

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

Teva and Intel to develop wearable device that helps in Huntington’s disease treatment

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A new wearable device and a machine learning platform developed by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Intel Corporation is said to analyse and measure the development of Huntington’s disease (HD) that will help improve treatment evaluation.

Intel’s specialty in analytics and algorithm development for movement detection will melded with Teva’s specialty and deep knowledge in HD treatment and research, the companies claim.

In order to enhance and better understand the...

By Wearable Tech, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.