Weekly Wearables Devices Roundup: Ear-O-Smart, Saving lives, Wearable MRIs and Red Carpet

1.Ear-O-Smart, the smart earring

Ear-O-Smart integrates both fashion and technology to monitor heart rate, activity tracker, and calories burnt. Usually described as a “fashionable Fitbit”, but unlike Fitbit this smart earring won’t tangle around your wrist. Instead, it fits nicely on your ear.

This small shift from the wrist to the ear has significant implications. It might crack the code in terms of delivering continuous, accurate biodata.

2. Fitness tracker may have just saved a man’s life

When a 42-year-old man from New Jersey recently showed up in an emergency ward following a seizure, the doctors decided to reset his heart rate with an electrocardioversion. They made the decision after looking at the data collected by his Fitbit Charge HR. It’s the first time in history that a fitness tracker was used in this way.

Following this incident we can foresee the great potential that these devices have to help medical staff detect serious problems. These trackers aren’t perfect, and they’re certainly not of medical grade in terms of quality as of now, but they can track data in a way that’s meaningful, data that doctors can use in emergency situations just like this one. Looking to the future, wearables could even trigger alarms when a health emergency happens, like a patient having a heart attack. It’s still early days for these devices, but they’re already turning out to be life savers.

3. Scottish tech firm launches ‘game-changing’ sensor for wearable devices

Edinburg based technology firm Pyreos has launched a new range of sensors with gesture recognition technology that could benefit users of wearable technology.

Company says the ezPyro infra-red sensor has the potential to be incorporated into the next generation of smart watches, fitness trackers and other wearable technology because it can provide information on the direction and speed of a movement.

The sensor can also detect the presence of gases, generating interest from its current customer base in the industrial sector.

According to the company chief executive, Andrew Wallace, the ezPyro sensor has the potential to be a real game-changer for the company by opening up a whole new set of markets for them.

4. Open Water to build affordable, wearable MRI machines

Oculus VR engineering executive Mary Lou Jepsen’s new startup Open Water wants to help doctors detect cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s with hi-res, affordable, wearable MRI machines.

The brain reading startup will also explore how wearable devices can read and analyse the wearer’s thoughts. Jepsen, who has worked for Google X, Intel and MIT Media Lab, is the latest high profile Silicon Valley exec to move into healthcare wearables.

The idea is over a decade in the making. So why the interest in the brain? Well, she is also a brain tumour survivor and still takes medication 20 years after the operation. Jepsen’s aim is for every doctor in the world to have this affordable MRI wearable for early detection of diseases.

5. Wearable technology hits Met Gala Red Carpet

TECHNOLOGY dress code was strictly followed on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ’s annual Costume Institute gala in New York last night, with celebrities including Claire Danes and Karolina Kurkova both stepping out in light-up evening wear looks.

Danes wore a Zac Posen dress made from a fiber optic woven fabric. Meanwhile supermodel Kurkova was dressed in a look designed by Marchesa, in collaboration with IBM. More than just a garment covered in three-dimensional LED flowers it used IBM Watson’s Tone Analyzer. This was also an intelligent piece of work that reacted to online conversation about the event in real-time throughout the night.