18 Oct Weekly Wearables RoundUp: BovineHealth, XOEye, ZielSmartSleeve, LinaTXT
1. Bovine Health Tracking Using Wearables
Nowadays wearable technologies for monitoring human health are on war footing. The advent of wearable technologies is now paving the future for animal health monitoring, especially as researchers look for more objective morbidity measures and as producers seek to adjust cattle management practices when a shortage of good labor may exist.
For feed yards, monitoring cattle for bovine respiratory disease is top priority, especially during the first 45 days on feed. Researchers at West Texas A&M University have recently used accelerometer technology to examine potential differences in cattle behavior associated with Bovine Respiratory Disease(BRD). They found that behaviors such as walking and laying behavior the day prior to BRD diagnosis were significantly different from other days and that these measures could likely be used for health monitoring.
Wearable technologies for cattle will become more widely used and accessible as they continue to improve, costs decline, and computational capacities increase. In the future these technologies will likely be used to improve clinical monitoring in food animal production enterprises.
2. Wearable technology for enhancing customer support and field work
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc., a Seattle-based mechanical contractor will be soon launching their wearable technology platform to enhance customer support in the Pacific Northwest. The MacLens eyewear, an industrial grade wearable computing device powered by Nashville,Tennessee based XOEye Technologies, captures and streams high fidelity audio and visual content, enabling the field service technicians to telecommunicate potential issues in real time and provide documentation for audit purposes. The real benefit of this technology is that it will enable customers witness the current state of their building through a multi-media experience.
The smart glasses have a range of cutting-edge applications developed by XOEye specifically for field service technicians. These include taking photos of the worksite when arriving and leaving, coordinating a video conference with seniors when they have a question, taking training videos from first person point of view, and demonstrating to customers’ problems the technician may be seeing..
Striving to bring innovative solutions to their customer’s mechanical problems, MacDonald-Miller defines the technology as a way to bridge real-time visibility for their service technicians. The visual data can be easily integrated into call resolution summaries that are shared with customers. Before and after videos of equipment and video cap recommendations raise the bar for meeting the needs of customers, while simultaneously providing valuable training in the field.Additionally, there’s an added benefit of increasing safety.
3. Ziel Smart Sleeve will warn you of potential injury
Alex Dzeda and Senthil Natarajan, the founders of Ziel Solutions, at Rice University, Texas, have come up with a novel idea of using a smart sleeve to forewarn you of impending injury by continuously measuring muscle stress.
Initially aimed at the baseball segment, the patent pending wearable device combines muscle sensors and motion analysis to identify harmful pitching. The device uses a combination of sensors to feed real-time information back to a connected phone or tablet. If your arm is overworking, an alarm will sound indicating its time to rest the muscle.
Currently, the technology is being aimed at baseball players who have a high chance of tearing their tendons because of high speed pitches. Apparently a quarter of professional baseball players have surgery on their arm at some point in their career, due to prior injuries caused by overexertion and bad technique.
What makes this technology particularly exciting, the exact same technology can be applied to any repetitive physical activity-workouts, marathon running, repetitive stress injuries in the workplace.Even though the Ziel M2 is on its fourth prototype, it will still be a bit of a wait before you can get your hands on one of these wearable. The device is expected to hit the mainstream market in 2018. There are reports, the sleeve is expected to be priced around $250 with a coaching subscription of $10 a month.
4. LinaTXT Wearable Heads Up Display
Technologists working towards the the integration of second order cybernetics aim to blend real time user inputs, digitized imagery, audio and text messages in a single seamless layered reality. Currently there are technologies like Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality, Heads Up Display (HUD) and Optical Head-Mounted Display(OHMD), but an acceptable method for creating a wearable experience still remains elusive. Benny Labs Inc. has announced the release of a prototype that demonstrates that wearable, and fashionable personal Heads Up Display (HUD) Glasses are both easy to manufacture and practical to use.This unique system is called LinaTXT and it is based on the patented Reflective Focusing Relay System which uses the power of light to overcome the difficulties with HUD technologies.
The new LinaTXT prototype has caused much excitement among HUD enthusiasts. The main point of the LinaTXT is easy wear-ability. The other high tech versions involve thick, clunky designs that hide a collection of microprocessors and projectors. In contrast LinaTXT embeds the control system into the eyeglass lens, making it look like a regular pair of glasses. LinaTXT helps with one problem of the smartphone age: the need to look every five minutes to see messages. LinaTXT system will allow users to receive text messages right into their visual fields and to stay in touch with everyone in real-time.
Bluetooth technology connects the LinaTXT to your Smartphone, while a downloadable app helps give the needed commands to your smartphone without touching it. LinaTXT is based upon a synergistic combination of existing technologies (Optical head-mounted display OHMD) which uses the information streaming power of light. For this reason, its energy consumption is very low. It is estimated that LinaTXT glasses will need to be charged once a week. The prototype demonstrates that LinaTXT will be the next great leap forward in wearable technology.