Got a Great Health Tech Idea?

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It’s not enough to have a better mousetrap. It takes a lot of work to launch a new product of any sort, but especially when it’s a technology product, and if it involves health or medicine, well, the challenges can be enormous. That’s why Dr. Charles Platkin founded The Health Lab, a new high-tech incubator program based in New York City.

According to the company’s press release, “The Health Lab collaborates with innovators and entrepreneurs to create sustainable, commercially viable businesses that solve health-related problems.” Specifically, the group is looking for projects designed to address the needs of under-served populations, as well as projects by individuals who have a direct connection with the target disease or condition either through their own personal experience, or the experience of someone close to them.

The Health Lab will only work with two or three startup projects at a time, taking on a new batch 18 months. The organization will help find seed capital as well as working with program leaders to write and submit proposals for grants. Target projects included wearable Health Tech devices as well as Big Data analytics, consumer health and engagement programs, and ways to manage and use electronic health records (EHR) more effectively. Entrepreneurs interested in the program can submit applications through the organization’s website.

Unlocking the Secrets of Sweat

Sweat sensor

An article in IEEE Spectrum describes work by researchers at the University of Cincinnati and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories. They started with the fact that signs of over-exertion and dehydration can be detected in a person’s sweat before the problem manifests itself in more severe symptoms, such as cramping muscles. This is important for […]

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Another Multi-Function Monitor on the Way


Measuring steps and heart rate is so “last year.” With the significant portion of projected wearable Health Tech revenues forecast to come from health and medical applications, new devices must collect much more information — and with clinical grade accuracy — in order to properly guide the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of diseases and chronic […]

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Textiles to Pull Electricity from Thin Air

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The concept of a body network is an intriguing one. Autonomous sensors communicate wirelessly with each other and a central controller, collecting and relaying data on a variety of health and fitness metrics, watching for markers that might indicate injury or disease, and even administering treatments automatically as needed. Meanwhile, the data is transmitted to […]

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Honeybees Wear Sensors, Too

Honey bee wearable

Big Data solutions based on data from wearable devices are not just limited to humans. The technology has become so small and cost-effective that researchers in Australia have been using sensors to study honeybees. Bees are essential to the success of many of our agricultural crops, but Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been causing huge […]

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Philips Wearable Tracks COPD Patient Data [video]

Philips COPD

  At the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco, Royal Philips announced a prototype product to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Developed in partnership with the Radboud University medical center in the Netherlands, the device is part of a system of mobile devices and cloud technology designed to collect and analyze more […]

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Single-Molecule Thick Sheets Produce Electricity

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Those tiny black flecks in the photo above may not look like much, but they could be the key to a revolution in wearable Health Tech devices. What you see in this picture is are bits of single-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), and researchers at Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology have proven that […]

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Head-Wearable Device Detects Diabetes Early


One of the problems with diabetes is that patients can develop autonomic neuropathy. This means that the nerves that control the automatic body systems — such as heart beats or digestion — become progressively impaired. The problem is that this can be difficult to detect before the impairment becomes severe and organ damage has already […]

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Wearables Growth Increases Demand for Sensors

IHS Wearable MEMS and Sensor forecast

According to the market tracking firm IHS Technology, worldwide shipments of sensors and related components for wearable devices is forecast to grow from 67 million units last year to 466 million units in 2019. This nearly seven-fold increase in demand is driven by the rapid growth in the wearable technology market. And since more and […]

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Google Glass Addiction Reported

The Future Of Web

The Law of Unintended Consequences is always lurking in a dark corner, waiting to turn even the most positive development into a negative. We’ve seen people develop problems with all sorts of social media and mobile technology, from social media to smartphones. Now we can add a new and unlikely risk factor: Google Glass. According […]

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