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Imagine sitting on a park bench, enjoying your free afternoon while you sip on a take-away coffee. Suddenly, something beeps. It’s your new high-tech wearable telling you your blood pressure is skyrocketting. You quickly call your doctor and rush to his office, sending the blood pressure reading ahead of you. Luckily, everything is fine, and you arrive in time to avoid complications.
The history of wearables can be traced back to Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches. Their modern incarnations began in 1938 with the invention of wearable hearing aids. Almost a century later, imagination seems to be the only limit to what’s possible. It’s estimated that, with improvements in monitoring sensors, health wearable technology will see a boom in the next decade. And unlike traditional medical tech, they don’t need to be clunky: wearables come in all shapes and forms, keeping pace with the latest fashion trends.
1. A smart bracelet that combats sleep apnoea
French startup Kyomed specialises in personalised medicine, and e-health technology company Neogia teamed up with them to design a next generation health wearable that fights sleep apnoea. The collaboration yielded the Motio HWTM, a connected bracelet for patients suffering from the breathing disorder. Sleep apnoea causes pauses in breathing, and it’s estimated that 6 percent of the world’s population suffers from this condition, which can go unrecognised for decades. In fact, 90 percent of sleep apnoea cases are never diagnosed. Kyomed and Neogia think millions will benefit from this high-tech gadget and its “personalised artificial intelligence that learns about the user.”
The Motio HWTM bracelet collects biometrics data such as heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation and sends it to an app on your smartphone. Then, its smart algorithms process the data to assess your sleeping profile. When it detects a variation in this established pattern, it lets you know immediately, potentially saving you from dying in your sleep.
French startup Kyomed specialises in personalised medicine, and e-health technology company Neogia teamed up with them to design a next generation health wearable that fights sleep apnoea.