Perhaps not quite as elegant as the Sony, and it may be trying to do too many things, but the Omate smartwatch looks pretty powerful and slick, nonetheless. Far more robust than the Pebble, its Android OS and Arm architecture position it as a promising player in the (getting very) crowded market.
Meds Adherence marches on: The Hive @TEDMED 2013
AdhereTech has created patented smart pill bottles that improve medication adherence. These bottles measure the exact number of pills (or amount of liquid) in the bottle in real-time, wirelessly send this HIPAA-compliant data into the cloud, and remind patients to take their medication via phone call or text message.
See also Wired’s March piece on their sensor-packed, cloud-connected, low cost bottles back.
Wearable Electronic Sensors Can Now Be Printed Directly on the Skin
Who needs wearables when you’ve got embeddables? Scary and Huxleyian, yes. Practical and money-wise? Probably. For the infirm, the aged, the burgeoning population of noncompliant, non-adherent sufferers of chronic disease…this is your future. If you won’t wear the device, if you don’t respond to the device, if you don’t take your meds, you’ll probably be faced with the devil’s choice: have a sensor implanted or lose your insurance.
Colorized micrograph of an ultrathin mesh electronic system mounted on a skin replica.
A sensor “bandage,” applied directly to the skin, can monitor and transmit body temperature, strain, and hydration state of the skin.
Via MIT Technology Review.
Uptake of mobile apps for health tracking still paltry: Pew study
There’s some good news and some bad news in Pew’s new study of health-tracking trends by U.S. adults, data that will be much picked over in the next few days and months.
The good news? About 60% of adults say they track their health, diet, or exercise routine. The bad news? Only about 1 in 5 use some kind of technology for tracking, a number that includes apps AND spreadsheets.
The bad news is good news, of course: opportunities abound for finding the right formula for improving outcomes and adherence.
New service is local pharmacy-centric:
Medicine-On-Time is a personal prescription packaging designed to organize and simplify how medications are taken. Medications are packaged by pharmacists into personalized pill cups labeled with the day, the date, and the time to take them. On average, consumers pay $24.95/month for the service.
Apps Alert the Doctor When Trouble Looms
New technology uses standard features on smartphones — GPS and movement tracking — to monitor a patient’s behavior and alert the doctor when something seems out of order.