Wearable Clothing to Help Epilepsy Patients

Bioserenity WEMU

Under the best of conditions, it can be difficult to come up with an accurate diagnosis. When you’re dealing with a chronic condition that manifests itself as random episodes, catching one of those events can be the key to identifying the cause. For the 50 million people in the world who suffer from epilepsy, monitoring can be a major problem. Being tied down to expensive equipment in a hospital is not convenient, but there are few alternatives that can gather the necessary biometric data.

That’s the problem that the folks at Bioserenity intend to solve. They have developed the WEMU: Wearable Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. The system consists of three components. There is a shirt (plus an optional cap) with embedded sensors that gather biometric data from the subject, around the clock. This is transmitted to a smartphone or tablet that is running a dedicated app. The data is processed and forward to the cloud where additional analysis and reporting takes place.

The WEMU serves three functions. First, it collects data continuously, making it easier for physicians and healthcare professionals to make a definitive diagnosis and track the effectiveness of treatments. The second function is that the system can often provide early warnings for subjects and their care givers of an impending seizure. This can result in preparations and precautions that will help keep the subject and those around him or her safer. Finally, the data collected by the system can be a valuable source of information in studying the condition across a larger population of subjects, which could lead to a better understanding of epilepsy and how it can be treated most effectively.

Linking to Muscles with Light [video]

Light controlled limbs

One of the most amazing forms of wearable technology is the robotic prosthetic limb. This technology promises to restore normal use of hands and legs to those who have lost them due to injury or disease. One of the major challenges, however, is to get signals from remaining muscles to the mechanical extension. Researchers are […]

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Smartphone Becomes Mobile Eye Exam [video]

PEEK eye exam

  PEEK stands for “Portable Eye Examination Kit” and is a new product being developed by a team of ophthalmologists, engineers, and software developers. The goal is simply to help save the eyesight of millions of people worldwide. Rural populations in undeveloped countries tend to have little or no access to professional eye care. The […]

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Most People Would Wear Tracker for Lower Health Costs

Wearable healthcare trends

A recent survey by TechnologyAdvice Research found that only one in four adults are using a fitness tracker or smartphone app to track their health, weight, or exercise. The most common reasons cited for not using one were either a lack of interest or concerns over the cost of the devices. So far, these results […]

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Running Hat Monitors Heart Rate

Lifebeam hat

If you’re headed out for a run and want to track your heart rate, you may strap on a chest band which can be uncomfortable. Consider a new alternative: the LifeBeam Hat. This $99 device is an excellent example of how wearable technology can “disappear” into the background of our lives. Just pop it on […]

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Wearable Interest on the Rise

FutureSource Wearable Intent

The market research firm Futuresource Consulting recently released the results of their recent survey of consumer interest in wearable technology. In October, the company repeated a survey that they had conducted just five months earlier in May 2014. The survey interviewed more than 8,000 consumers from the U.S., UK, France, and Germany. One of the […]

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Multi-Sensor Development Kit for Wearable Health Tech

IMEC development kit

The market for wearable Health Tech devices is booming, but it still takes an enormous investment to bring a new product or service to market. The research centers at IMEC and the Holst Centre hope to make it easier to design new health and medical wearable devices through the release of their new development kit. The […]

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New System Detects Driver Drowsiness [video]

DADS driver altertness

If you’ve been driving a car for any length of time, chances are good that you’ve encountered a situation where you were not as alert as you should be. Driver fatigue is a significant problem for commercial drivers, but also plays a significant role in accidents involving personal drivers that result in injury or death. SRG International […]

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Intel Partners with Maker of Ray-Ban

Young business woman using a digital tablet computer

As a techno-geeky type, I know about Intel. But I confess that I am not familiar with one of Intel’s newest design partners: the Luxottica Group. You may not recognize the company either, but some of their eye-wear brands might ring a bell: Ray-Ban, Oakley, or Vogue Eyewear. They also produce license brands for Giorgio […]

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Three Drivers for the Disruptive Wearables Market

Disruptive W

Earlier this fall, Frost & Sullivan released an industry report entitled “Wearable Technology – Has the next enterprise game changer arrived?” The report provides familiar forecasts of rapid growth for the wearables market, but it goes deeper with its analysis of the impact that these new devices will have on existing markets. The report lists three […]

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