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.
Sproutling - #baby tracker. Reported to track heart rate, skin #temperature, and movement, as well as the room’s ambient temperature, humidity, and light levels. Band + data + statistical models = push advice to #parents. Available spring/summer 2014. Also see www.sproutling.com
Wearable Textile Battery Rechargeable by Solar Energy. Nickel-coated polyester yarn as a current collector for efficient stress release, polyurethane (PU) binder for strong adhesion of active materials, and PU separator. Flexible, lightweight #solar cells integrated onto the outer surface of battery for recharging. #Battery can be attached on clothes or embedded between textile layers. Lee et al, KAIST Nano Lett, 2013, 13, 5753
Beddit. "Device and app for tracking & improving #sleep and wellness ... automatically tracks your sleeping patterns, heart rate, breathing, snoring, movements and environment. In the morning, Beddit tells you how you slept and how to do it better. "Ultra thin film sensor placed in your bed, under the sheet. Based on ballistocardiography (BCG). Measures mechanical forces caused by heartbeat, #respiration and movements. Note: This isn't wearable, which is the beauty of it. #HR
Kapture. Audio-recording wristband. "Talk. Tap. Share. Our customizable wristband allows you to save & share spontaneous #audio so you never miss a moment...Functions as a 60-second buffered loop. The loop continuously overwrites itself until you tap the device to save a clip. The saved file is downloaded to your smartphone where the duration can be shortened and you can name, tag, filter, and even share it."
PUSH. #Fitness tracking device that measures #strength. "Detects reps, sets and extract[s], from each rep, scientifically-validated metrics that can tell you if you're lifting too much or too little. You can gauge your performance based on the velocity of each rep or your peak power output." Force is measured "by processing accelerometer/gyroscope data through a collection of custom algorithms."
Nymi - wearable authentication technology. "let's you use your unique cardiac rhythm to authenticate your identity, allowing you to wirelessly take control of your computer, your smartphone, your car and so much more." Bluetooth; accelerometer & gyroscope for gesture recognition. #ECG, #HR From Bioynm
"Electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body." - patent application by Motorola. Could include embedded microphone, transceiver, power supply, and galvanic skin response detector (potential lie detector). The patent app is a fascinating read- be sure to click thru to it from the article. #GSR
TapTap. Touch communication wristband. You tap your band, and your partner's band vibrates. "TapTap is not a social network, there are no “Share” or “Like” buttons, no statistics and no numbers." Hypoallergenic silicone slap-bracelet. Insertable module with capacitive sensor and accelerometer. Bluetooth, app. Could also be an activity tracker, a game controller or smart alarm (with other future platforms).
ReadingMate. Adjusts monitor text to counteract bobbing motion (for example, someone running on a treadmill) so text appears still. "Goggles equipped with infrared LEDs, and an infrared camera captures the LEDs, tracking the runner's bobbing head. Then the text is moved in unison with the head movement [via an algorithm], taking into consideration the human reflex to compensate for motion." Applications include text reading in shaky environments, such as in aviation. Purdue Univ researchers.
Siempre Secos (Always Dry). Silicone moisture sensor/warning device. Can be placed in a baby's diaper or used for bed wetting or urinary incontinence issues. Moisture alert can go to a bracelet worn by the user or caregiver, or to a desktop alarm. Designed to be discrete, comfortable, hygienic, and easy to use. (website in Spanish/English)
Airo. Wrist band tracks #nutrition, stress, sleep and exercise. Monitors heart rate for #exercise, uses HR variability as indicator of #stress. Tracks circadian rhythm for #sleep cycles. "With a built in spectrometer, AIRO uses different wavelengths of light to detect nutrients released into the bloodstream as they are broken down during and after your meals." Shipping Fall 2014
Amulet: Computational Jewelry. Wearable computing device that is convenient and fashionable and would support mobile health applications. "For patients to use to manage other health-related devices they wear, carry, or use occasionally." Would talk to other devices (such as fitness trackers), track med use, provide health data to emergency responders. In development, from Dartmouth College and Clemson University (click through to learn lots more)
Wristify. Thermoelectric bracelet. Monitors air and skin #temperature and sends pulses of hot or cold waveforms to the wrist to help maintain thermal comfort. The goal is to reduce energy consumption by heating and cooling people, not buildings. Developed by 4 MIT students. Currently a prototype, patent pending.
'Born-to-die' devices. Fingernail-sized integrated circuit made from silicon, magnesium and silk takes just 1 minute to disintegrate upon contact with water. Biodegradable electronics could be used to monitor recovery from an operation, and in many other scenarios. John Rogers, Univ Illinois.
A sample gives off infrared light as it's heated from 60 to 74C. But then as it gets hotter (80-85C) thermal radiation drops. A coating (thin film of vanadium oxide) intrinsically conceals its own #temperature to thermal cameras. "The coating could be used as a new type of thermal camouflage or as a kind of encrypted beacon to allow soldiers to covertly communicate their locations in the field." Federico Capasso et al, Harvard, published in Physical Review
Light Bohrd Helmet. "Safety, style, and visibility while riding during the day and night ... Uses patent-pending technology to store energy and activate LED lights to illuminate the helmet. Helmets are charged wirelessly through magnetic induction (there are no external wires or mechanical switches) and are brought to life by the wave of a magnet. The lights are then activated with motion." (NOTE: watch for Light Bohrd tech in Under Armour clothing)
Checklight. Sports/activity head impact indicator by Reebok. Measures impacts, visually displays impact severity (green, yellow or red light). "Uses acceleration and time in an integration of the resultant linear acceleration to determine impact severity ... not a #concussion diagnostic tool - it provides an objective measurement of impact force and is designed to lead athletes on a pathway to assessment." Available as a skullcap, headband version in development. Developed with MC10.
Sunscreen Bands. Put band on your wrist, apply sunscreen to the band. Color change with sun exposure reminds you when to reapply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun. Band works wet or dry. Works via "special patented photo-chromic dyes imbedded in the band."
OZ-1 by Law Wei Kiat. (concept) Smoke sensor, ozone generator and HEPA filter. Removes harmful gases and traps dust and particles. Can also emit a scent to serve as aromatherapy to relieve stress. Variety of covers allows the user to mix and match the necklace with their clothing.
Digital Skins Body Atmospheres. "A Fashion Futures Film set in 2050. Couture becomes a biological experience, gowns are assembled by gas and nano-electronic-particles, where tailoring and cosmetics are constructed by 3D liquid formations, including swallowable technologies exciting the mind, body and soul through physical expression." Nancy Tilbury and Visual Artists 125 Creative.