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Wearable tech

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.

SolePower. Insole fits in shoe. When heel hits the ground a small generator spins to create electricity. This is stored in a detachable Power Pack that has a USB port for charging devices, such as a phone. #energyharvesting

Razer Nabu. "the wearable smartband that understands you by being with you." ..."Jade is proud of being in a competitive gaming team, on top of being a marathon runner. Naturally, she relishes every victory, whether on- or offline. Nabu tracks all kinds of quantified data and even scores her flash deals at nearby stores on her usual run route." (Read the site for more vignettes)

HRM Earphone. Heart rate monitoring earphones from LG. "Track your metabolic rate and maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 max) rate—and listen to your favorite music at the same time." Also estimates distance, steps, calories (3-D accelerometer) "Coming soon"

Biodegradable Batteries. Made from biodegradable metal foils and polymers. Could eventually be used inside the body to monitor vital signs or dispense therapies. John Rodgers lab, in Advanced Materials.

Dialog. "Concept designed to help people with #epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care." Wearable module collects range of meaningful data; app provides insights into factors that trigger events or lower thresholds; platform connects to family and caregivers or educates bystanders in cases of emergency. From Artefact

NEX Band - Modular Smart Band by Mighty Cast. Text or call alerts, gaming, and more. "Mods," a "living charm," can be changed to give you a new experience.

GOQii. Band to measure activity and sleep, app for tracking, coach for goal reinforcement, karma points to donate to causes.

Developed in the Qing Dynasty era (1644-1911) the ring has a 1.2cm long, 0.7cm wide abacus that sits on the finger.

miCoach Smart Run watch. Continuous strap-free heart rate, GPS-based speed, Bluetooth, wireless music player. (Requires miCoach user acct). From Adidas.

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.

Bowflex Boost. Tracks steps, distance, calories, overall activity, sleep. Companion app, Bluetooth. From Nautilus, Inc.

MEMI. iPhone-compatible smartbracelet. Set to vibrate for all calls or select calls, texts, mtg alerts. 3 different vibrations, LED light, USB for charging. "Made by women for women."

HealthPatch family of biosensors from Vitalconnect. Patch worn on the chest for "clinical grade" monitoring of #HR, HR variability, #respiratory rate, skin temp, body #posture, steps, fall detection, #stress, #sleep staging (many by algorithms).

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

Flyfit. Activity tracker that attaches to the ankle (instead of the wrist) so it measures leg movement. Tracks walking, running, cycling, swimming (leg strokes) and sleep. Waterproof, real time information, app interface. (Kickstarter)

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 The DuKode Studio.

Instabeat. Waterproof monitor tracks, stores, and displays instant feedback of heart rate during swimming. #HR

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Polar Loop. Activity (guidance, zones), calories burned, steps, #sleep, distance, #inactivity alert, optional heart rate sensor (chest strap), time. Waterproof, Bluetooth, app. #fitness

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...

Petbit. #Pet activity tracking. Attach to the collar, get info on your phone. "Set a daily goal of Pet-Points to keep your pet active and healthy." Motion detection sensor, accelerometer, ambient temperature sensor, brightness sensor. From Tractive

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    hey carol, we definitely like this announcement. Greets to you!

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