Tech giants such as Apple, Samsung and Google are all developing amazingly innovative health monitoring products. This is no surprise as it has been forecast that the global fitness and health monitoring market will be worth around $2.8 Billion by 2018.
Health tracking technology could really change and improve the way that we manage and monitor our health and wellbeing. Here are just a few recent examples.
Last week Google and Novartis revealed that they are teaming up to develop contact lenses that monitor glucose levels.
One of the prototypes contains a device about the size of a speck of glitter that measures glucose in tears. A wireless antenna then transmits the measurement to an external device. This design would ease the burden of diabetics who have to prick their fingers to test blood sugar levels.
“I have many patients that are managing diabetes, and they described it as having a part-time job. It’s so arduous to monitor,” says Thomas Quinn, the head of the American Optometric Association’s contact lens and cornea section. “To have a way that patients can do that more easily and get some of their life back is really exciting.”
Quinn stated that tears also contain a chemical called lacryglobin that serves as measurable indicator for breast, colon, lung, prostate and ovarian cancers. Monitoring lacryglobin levels would be especially useful for cancer patients in remission.
Health & Wellbeing Tracking
Samsung have presented their prototype for Simband at a press event in San Francisco. Simband is a wristband that can be fitted with third party sensors to present a range of health information about the wearers body such as precise heart rate, blood flow, respiration, galvanic skin response, hydration and gas and glucose concentrations in the blood as well as data about substances present in the air.
They suggested that to help users interpret the data they would present them with a “wellness score” that would evidence how well the wearer was looking after his body.
Total Health Tracking
Apple, working with a team of fitness, nutrition, sleep and medical experts, are currently developing what is expected to be the most advanced body monitor yet.
“If Apple delivers, this could be to health tracking what the iPod was to music,” says Mark Gurman, a Senior Editor with website 9to5Mac.
Just some of the features that iWatch is most likely to feature include:
Monitoring Blood Sugar – enabling you to see how what you eat affects you both immediately and over time
Read Body Temperature
Measure O2 Levels – allowing you to know when you are fully recovered from exercise which is crucial for optimum workout results.
Detect Muscle Engagement – measuring how hard you are working when doing a specific exercise.
Get Hydration Levels – confirming how much more water you need to drink for optimum health.
These monitoring devices could allow us to understand our own bodies better and in turn help us stay healthier as well as unidentified health problems.
Moreover they provide an amazing opportunity for users to share this data with healthcare practitioners and eventually the possibility of real-time guidance based on highly accurate data.