Weekly Wearables RoundUp: Senstone, MoovHR, AcloTatt, Astroskin

Weekly Wearables RoundUp: Senstone, MoovHR, AcloTatt, Astroskin

1. Taking Notes without having to type

Smartphones provide the easiest way when it comes to setting reminders for upcoming tasks or taking notes where required. Usually a digital notepad on your phone filled with strands of ideas, thoughts and reminders to do things. With the advent of artificially intelligent systems these things are likely to get much more easier.

Senstone has come up with a novel idea to capture random thoughts throughout the day, although it is a work still in progress. It doesn’t require you to reach out for your phone or notebook at all. Senstone’s smart pendant is an intriguing device that records voice memos, automatically organizes them for you, and translates them into text. The pendant can be worn as a bracelet or necklace, designed to look like a piece of jewellery. There is a small LED inside, which lights up to indicate that it is recording, but other than that there are no giveaway signs that there’s any technology in this at all.

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According to Nazar Fedorchuk, the CEO of Senstone Inc., there are some features yet to be implemented before the final release. Right now, you need to tap the device to start recording, but the engineers are working on a way to record by clicking fingers. Once audio training is done, it will sync with your phone where the app will file it with the rest of your recordings, organized either by the location they were taken or the keywords you assign. They can easily be shared outside the app, too. If your phone isn’t nearby, you can record up to two hours of audio on the device’s memory, which automatically unloads onto your phone and wipes from the  when paired. Senstone is using its own software for the organisation of recordings, but for voice conversion it’s still trying out different options to find the most accurate, including Nuance and IBM’s Watson.

2. Headbands For Healthy Hearts

Moov Inc. created the first wearable A.I. fitness coach in 2014 and developed the most advanced fitness wearables – Moov Now™ & Moov Classic™. Now taking the intense and interactive workouts to a new level by introducing Moov HR™ into Moov™ coaching system. Moov HR™ is the world’s first and only fitness wearable designed to provide the most accurate heart-rate possible and coach you based on your intensity. Taking off from where theNow™ left off, the Moov HR™ offers the same sort of workout and exercise features, but adds in heart rate monitoring directly from a wearer’s head. Designed to be clipped inside a headband (Moov HR™ Sweat) or a swimming cap (Moov HR™ Swim), the HR™ is described by its makers as the most advanced heart rate wearable.

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Developed by ex-Apple and Microsoft engineers, the Moov HR™ uses optical heart rate tracking sensors, called PulseVision by Moov, to measure BPMs in real time and offer real time coaching on the go. As with the original Moov Classic™ and the Moov Now™, the Moov HR™ has a voice assistant on board to guide you through your workouts, telling you when you need to up the pace, or letting you know if you need to ease off.

Now, at the same time that it has gone live with the Moov HR™, the company has announced a Series B financing round of $12 million, led by Mangrove Capital with participation from BOE Technology Group.  Moov is creating an entirely new wearable experience that provides actionable data in line with the current fitness trends. People have savvied up to what constitutes a good workout and are flocking to boutique gyms where professionals coach them through high-intensity workouts. It’s not about tracking steps, but basing workouts on physiological patterns like heart rate, and Moov’s technology is delivering on just that.

3. Tackling “Drunk Driving Crashes” using wearable biosensors

A team of Engineers from the University of California, San Diego has created a wearable sensor that detects alcohol levels in your perspiration and then sends that information to your smartphone. The initiative is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering(NIBIB). This experimental wearable device could help you know whether you’ve had too much to drink.

Looking more like a tattoo, this device is actually a biosensor patch that is embedded with several flexible wireless components. One component releases a chemical that stimulates perspiration on the skin below the patch. Another component senses changes in the electrical current flowing through the generated sweat, which measures alcohol levels and sends them to the user’s smartphone. The phone could then alert that it’s not safe to drive if the user is running high on alcohol. The goal is to help cut back on dangerous levels of drinking that lead to alcohol-fueled car accidents and chronic health problems.

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The stakes are certainly high. The CDC reports about 88,000 people in the U.S. alone, die each year from alcohol related causes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 9,900 are killed in drunk driving crashes. Compared to breathalyzers or blood tests, the inventors hope this wearable technology could offer a less intimidating way for people to monitor their alcohol consumption. Measuring alcohol in sweat has been attempted before, but those technologies took 2-3 hours to measure alcohol levels. This hi-tech patch sends alcohol levels to your smartphone in just 8 minutes, making real-time alcohol monitoring possible, practical, and personal.

4. Wearables for “24×7” remote patient health monitoring

Smartphones have really changed the way we did many a things in the recent past. Over a decade ago, nobody would have thought that this really smart thing is going to change our entire life-style. Present day has seen the dawn wearable devices that have taken us by storm. The day isn’t far when a wearable device or cloth band would send signals of ill-health of a person on the go directly to the doctor, besides providing a constant tab on vital signs of body health.

Kunal Mankodiya, an engineering researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island is developing a wearable device system to monitor vital signs. Mankodiya and his students are developing software that allows a smartphone to monitor a patient’s vital signs. The phone sends the data over the Internet to a server in the cloud for analysis, which feeds the results to a doctor. What previously required a doctor’s visit is now likely to occur 24×7 anywhere with the phone’s built-in sensors. Essential for neuro-diseases such as epilepsy, seizures or dementia, doctors can adjust medication or program a computer to automatically inform the patient to change dosage.

Previously, Mankodiya has developed wearable health devices to monitor health signs from afar to improve diagnosis and interventions. This platform will bring in huge potential but it is not easy to design such a wearable system, as it goes into a dynamic environment because the body is always moving. To overcome the problem, Mankodiya and two undergraduate students are creating algorithms for commercially available smartwatches running the Android operating system.

5. Wearable technology to go on Space Odyssey

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is set to provide ‘smart shirts’ to astronauts for an upcoming mission, which aims to remotely monitor the wearer’s health via a series of sensors. It has signed a $2.4m deal with Carré Technologies that will see the wearable sensors developer’s bio-monitoring system called Astroskin taken aboard the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut David Saint Jacques during a six-month mission in 2018-2019. Astroskin collects scientific data on activity levels, sleep quality and vital signs, including blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart rate and electrical activity, and breathing rate.

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The Astroskin developers already have an eye on the technology’s future in cardiology and sleep treatment, and hope to use data collected from the ISS trial to help bring the product to market for health monitoring in hard-to-reach patients worldwide.

“Deploying this wearable sensors and software to the ISS is significant as this represents the ultimate remote patient monitoring scenario. The findings tracking the health of astronauts will be used to make our healthcare system more accessible and support new home care and telemedicine services.”, said Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, co-founder and chief executive of Carré Technologies.

 

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