This board focuses mainly on self-tracking gadgets and sensors - especially those designed for health. While most are wearable, there are some that track from inside the body or that you put against your body. Some of these products are concepts or are not yet commercially available. Welcome to the world of 'Wear, Share, Compare' and Quantified Self.
The Dash. Wireless stereo earphones that track movements such as steps, cadence, distance. Also measures heart rate, oxygen saturation. Plus - real time acoustic feedback. Doubles as Bluetooth headset with embedded ear bone microphone. Kickstarter, from BRAGLLC
Oxitone pulse oximeter. "Medical grade personalized wrist monitor which provides automatic, continuous wireless monitoring of blood oxygen, pulse rate, activity, sleep and breathing pattern and generates alerts in emergency situations." Measures oxygen saturation (SpO2) via photoplethysmography. Bluetooth-connected app analyzes info, alerts treating physician or medical call center to emergency situations.
Schematic of biomimetic colourimetric sensor system. Inspired by the ability of a turkey to change it's skin color, the new sensor is made of genetically engineered viruses. In response to different chemicals, the 'sensor' changes shape and thus color. For now this mechanism is only wearable by turkeys, but there are lots of applications. Oh et al, in Nature
MindRider. Translates cyclist’s brain state to helmet light colors: Green/calm, yellow/agitation, red/stress. GPS logs activity in time/space to get 'experience maps' (could aid urban planning). In development - see mindriderhelmet.com/ The DuKode Studio.
True Love Tester bra by Ravijour. "An innovative bra that cannot be unhooked without true love." Built -in sensor monitors heart rate, sends it to app for analysis. When the "True Love Rate" occurs based on changes in HR, the bra hook is unlocked automatically. "I believe this bra will become a friend of women around the world."
Aurora. Headband monitors #EEG (brainwaves), #EOG (eye movements), movement (accelerometer) to track #sleep cycles to detect REM. Red, green and blue lights flash during REM, smartphone plays sounds for lucid dreaming. Smart alarm clock. From iWinks. On Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.c...
Vívofit. Fitness band. Steps, distance, calories burned. "vívofit learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, vívofit will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle." From Garmin
Reign. Fitness tracker that conforms to your wrist. "JayBird leaps past step & movement counting and solves real active life needs that you actually care about." "More great features yet to be announced; Patents pending" [Sorry, I don't know how it solves 'active life needs' if info isn't available on the site.] Available around summer 2014.
Atlas. "A fitness tracker that identifies your exercises, counts your reps and sets, calculates the calories you burned and evaluates your form." Measures HR, 3D accelerometer, compatible with fitness apps. Indiegogo campaign, www.indiegogo.com...
Pulsense watch and band by Epson. Monitor heart rate, activities, caloric intake, sleep. Uses "proprietary heart sensing technology. ... the sensor measures the amount of light reflected from red blood cells and records a single heart beat when the amount of light reflected changes due to a drop in red blood cell count as the blood vessel contracts." Shipping Summer 2014
ibitz. Wireless family activity tracker. "The ibitz Unity for adults tracks steps, distance, weight (added manually), height, overall physical activity. The kid’s ibitz PowerKey interface incorporates a virtual character called GeoBotz." Has clip to attach to hip or shoe, water resistant, syncs via Bluetooth 4.0. From GeoPalz.
Voyce. Monitors a dog's heart rate, respiratory rate, activity, rest, calories burned. (3-D accelerometer, proprietary algorithms, multiple sizes to fit 12-32 inch necks) "Voyce provides you with trends and valuable insights, helping you stay proactive about your dog’s overall health, behavior, and wellbeing." From i4C Innovations #dog
Aura. "Smart Sleep System" from Withings. Bedside device records #sleep environment, provides light and sound programs that "adapt to your personal body clock." Sensor placed under mattress monitors movement, heart rate, breathing cycles. [Not strictly a 'wearable' but close!]