Smart Devices for Smarter Health, From Infants to the Elderly
the MPR take:
Fitness bands and apps have become popular for monitoring vital signs and activities, but a new generation of devices look to apply this to a much wider range of health areas. Grush is currently seeking fundraising on the website Indiegogo for a toothbrush that detects the tilt, angle and velocity of brush strokes and incorporates smartphone games to instruct children on proper brushing techniques. Other devices are aimed at parents seeking to monitor infants' body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen level, sleep quality, and rollovers, and even detect urinary tract infections, dehydration, or kidney problems from a diaper. Some are for older adults and their caregivers, like indigestible medication sensors to detect the dose of a drug and send this information via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet.
IN the last few years, sensors have become small and inexpensive enough to make the monitoring of practically everything possible. There are those familiar fitness bands and smartwatches from companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and Samsung, which monitor vital signs and activities. “If you know how ...
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