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 losses of bees worldwide. To study bee behavior and prepare to combat CCD, researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia have equipped thousands of bees on the island of Tasmania with tiny sensors.

These RFID chips measure about 2.5 mm square, and provides a unique marker that can be detected wirelessly whenever the bee passes a detector. As a result, researchers can monitor where individual bees go. They can also monitor changes due to the use of different pesticides in different areas, or the impact of weather patterns on bee behavior and populations.

The researchers hope to shrink the tags to just 1 mm square, with the goal of using them to monitor other insect populations, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies.

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

Model Release-YES

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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Wearables Help Save $5 Million in Health Cost

Female Doctor Holding Stethoscope to Pink Piggy Bank Abstract.

The healthcare savings to be found in Big Data from fitness bands and other wearable Health Tech devices are not just a “someday maybe” dream. According to a story in MedCity News, representatives from JFK Health have reported saving $5 million over the past five years by focusing on wellness programs for its 8,000 employees. […]

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New Ear-Worn Fitness Tracker [video]


Wrist-worn fitness devices have been the standard for the current generation of fitness trackers. Their features range from simple step-trackers to designs that can monitor heart rate and oxygen levels without a chest band. New generations of fitness trackers are looking to move off the wrist for a variety of reasons, ranging from ease of […]

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Hospitals Aren’t Ready for Big Data

MeriTalk Hospital IT survey

A new report released by MeriTalk reveals the results of a survey of more than 151 decision makers in U.S. hospitals. The study looked into the potential impact of Big Data, mobile, cloud, and social media technologies on the delivery of health care in this country. While the report indicates that these industry leaders expect […]

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Blue LEDs Relieve Psoriasis

Philips blue light skin therapy

Psoriasis is a skin condition that results in itchy, scaly patches that can be difficult to treat. It affects as many as 125 million people worldwide. Philips has announced a new wearable Health Tech product — the BlueControl — that helps relieve the symptoms of this chronic condition. The device contains 40 high-intensity blue LEDs, […]

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