Google Working Wearable Health Tech Device

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In a story published by Bloomberg last week, a Google representative revealed that the company is working on the development of a wearable Health Tech that is not intended for consumer use. Instead, the company plans to produce a product that physicians and researchers can use for clinical trials and tracking patient vital signs.

According to the article, the device will measure heart rate and skin temperature, as well as ambient conditions such as sound and light levels. This project is separate from the health-tracking features in the Android Wear platform for wearable devices. The goal is to create a product that is accurate enough to support rigorous scientific research.

Continuous monitoring of patient data could lead to significant cost savings and improved outcomes for everything from drug trials to tracking patients after being discharged from the hospital. A prescription-grade device could deliver on these benefits. Google plans to start tests with their new band this summer, and may look for a partner to manufacture it.

T-Shirt Measures ECG

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Last week, Imec and the Holst Centre jointly announced the development of a t-shirt that can monitor the wearer’s movement and heart activity. The key feature of this technology demonstration is that the shirt uses flexible smart fabric interconnects to gather data from electrodes embedded in the shirt. This data is then fed to a […]

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Better Battery Cuts Costs [video]

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To paraphrase Winston Churchill, lithium-ion batteries are possibly the worst of all battery technologies, except for all others that have been tried. They hold a lot of electricity in a small space, but they are expensive to make and are responsible for occasionally setting airplanes and notebook computers on fire. Researchers at 24M, a spin-off from […]

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Smart Patch Actively Controls Blood Sugar Levels

More than 8 million people worldwide have diabetes. Researchers are trying to develop ways to replace the function of the pancreas, which releases insulin in order to control the body’s blood sugar level. The current standard practice involves taking measurements from a drop of blood acquired by pricking a fingertip, and then injecting a specific […]

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Headband to Help Parkinson’s Patients [video]

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Parkinson’s is an incurable degenerative disease of the nervous system. More than 1 million patients in the U.S. are affected by the disease, and more than 7 million worldwide. Symptoms include tremors, muscle stiffness, and slowed movement. Some prescription drugs can help alleviate some symptoms, and there are expensive and invasive surgical procedures that can […]

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Low-Power Motion Sensor Chip

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One of the most important questions that just about any wearable Health Tech device can ask itself is “Where am I?” This simple question is key to so many important pieces of information: whether the wearer at motion or rest, how much distance has been traveled, and how fast, and more. This in turn makes it […]

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Vest Creates 3D Image of Heart Activity

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In science fiction movies, doctors of the future can just wave a handheld device to create live images of functioning organs hidden within a patient’s body. The future is getting closer; CardioInsight has created a one-time use vest that is part of a system that can create a 3D animated image of a patient’s heart, […]

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Clinical Trial Company Embraces Wearables

The continuous data recording of wearable Health Tech devices can be a valuable feature in discovering new connections between lifestyle and health, creating Big Data sets that can be mined for new information. This can be especially effective in clinical trials of new drugs and other treatments, but this requires more rigor than for your […]

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Device Helps Women Strengthen Bladder Control

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As many as one third to one half of women experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. One contributing factor is injury or loss of tone in the pelvic floor muscles, which can be the  result of childbirth or aging. It is possible to strengthen these muscles through regular exercise, known as Kegels. […]

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Wearable Tech Insider Podcast Posted for June 19

New podcast’s up. Coverage includes Fitbit IPO, Intel buys Recon, Hitachi’s happiness monitor (sort of), and Augmate’s enterprise management tool. Dan Rosenbaum, producer and host, with Health Tech Insider‘s Alfred Poor and music by Michael Roth.

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