What’s in New in Health Technology

What’s in New in Health Technology

We’ve looked at some topics on fitness technology – wearables, immersive workout programs, trackers, etc. In this blog, I’d like to look at health technology.

Health goes hand in hand with fitness, obviously, so it makes sense that people serious about their physical fitness will be serious about their health fitness as well. You simply cannot have good physical fitness without having optimum health. Our health is the foundation for pretty much everything else in our lives and it can make or break our fitness goals. Let’s take a look at some of the best health technologies available now.

Smart Watches for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition whereby your breathing stops periodically as you sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, brain attacks or somnolence. This issue can range from annoying to life-endangering and it’s nothing to play with.

Neogia is a company that develops state-of-the-art human-oriented systems, working on innovative solutions with the aim of creating added value and better enabling ambitious projects to improve the quality of life. They’ve designed a medical device that helps prevent, diagnose and monitor sleep apnea, Motio HealthWear. The Motio collects several types of data such as the rate and pattern of the heartbeat using HRM (Heart Rate Monitor). It also collects and analyzes respiratory rate, ANS, and polysomnography. Polysomnography is a test performed during a clinical evaluation that consists of recording various parameters for a period of at least 6 hours. [1]

 

What’s in New in Health Technology

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Temperature Monitoring

All parents know the problem of having a small child or baby with a temperature and the difficulty in monitoring it. TempTraq can make this struggle a lot easier. They make a patch-like device that monitors body temperature 24/7, basically a smart device. TempTraq is the first and only 24-hour intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to your mobile device. [2] This offers peace of mind for the mom and undisturbed rest for the child. [3]

What’s in New in Health Technology

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Heart Monitors

Keeping an eye on your heart is easier than it used to be with devices such as chest straps that use sensors to record clinical information such as heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate and skin temperatures. This information can be shared with medical professionals and/or synched to an app.

QardioCore offers these services via their “smart” chest strap. QuardioCore offers high-tech ways to:

  • Track your complete heart health on your smartphone
  • Get a medically accurate electrocardiograph tracing
  • Enjoy your lifestyle with an easy to wear device
  • Share your heart data with your physician automatically

(Note: this specific device is available only outside of the US currently.)

What’s in New in Health Technology

Image Credit: Qardio

Beyond Step Counting

The focus of step counters is, of course, counting steps. So you can easily track and know all the steps you’re taking in a day, in a run, in a walk, etc. The problem is, how can you be sure that TAKING those steps is really what your body needs? Every body is different, every body needs different things to stay fit and healthy. Now out are step counters that do more than just count steps, they also keep track of calories burned, distance gone, heart rate throughout the day and sleep.  Mio Slice does all of this PLUS utilizes a PAI index (Personal Activity Intelligence), a science-based metric for optimal health and fitness which gives you a personalized target score, reflecting your body’s response to an activity based on your heart rate.

 

 

What’s in New in Health Technology

Image Credit: Mio Global

Smart Glasses for Visual Impairments

All of us who wear glasses and/or contacts can attest to how difficult it can be to navigate life without your vision. Entering the health and fitness markets now are smart glasses and phone cameras for the visually impaired. Although these devices are targeted to those with low-vision, they are also being welcomed by people who are blind. One company, Aira, has developed a device that uses augmented reality to connect blind or low-vision people to a trained professional agent who, at the push of a button, will give you visual assistance 24/7, anywhere. [4]

 

What’s in New in Health Technology

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Fitness in a Ring

For those who think other types of wearables, such as wearables and trackers, are too inconvenient, there is now a “smartring.” This ring will count, monitor, and track, all from a small piece of jewelry!  An example would be the smartring designed by Motiv. This ring provides round the clock fitness and sleep tracking. 

Unlike clunky, uncomfortable alternatives, Motiv Ring is wrapped in a titanium shell, making it super durable, surprisingly light and stylish. But it doesn’t just look great – Motiv Ring is also waterproof and resistant to almost any chemical you’d be brave enough to put your fingers in. [5]

What’s in New in Health Technology

Image Credit: The Medical Futurist

Ear Monitors for Vital Signs Tracking

These ear monitors measure biometric information from your ear with a small device that fits in your ear. These devices measure body temperature, heart rate, VO2, speed, distance and cadence – continuously – and all in real-time. [6] Check out Bodytrak, a device that measures body temperature, heart rate, VO2, speed, etc.  Since Bodytrak® accesses the ear, it detects changes in body physiology rapidly and accurately due to its close proximity to the brain, more effectively than when measuring at the periphery of the body. By utilizing miniature components, Bodytrak® also provides two-way audio communications and ambient sound transparency, which are essential for health and safety applications. [7]

What’s in New in Health Technology

Image Credit: Bodytrak

 

No longer focusing only on performance, these health devices also monitor how that performance is affecting your internal body systems. Take your fitness to a new level!

(These are only a few new health technology devices available. For further information on any of these devices, please use the links to learn more. SplitFit is not endorsing any of these devices, but is reviewing them only for your information.)

 

Image Credit: The Medical Futurist

Post by Andrea Rogers