Nowadays, technology infiltrates every aspect of our lives and healthcare is not an exception. Learn about the wearable technology, or “wearables,” that best fits your needs.
Maintain healthy blood pressure
Those who suffer from high blood pressure or that must be watchful of it no longer have to wait to see their doctor to find out what their level is. Omron, an electronics company from Japan, has made blood pressure monitors available to the public so it may be checked from the comfort of home. The advantages of this device are that it is portable and easy to use. Additionally, its mobile app synchronizes and stores real-time data in order to monitor how your condition is progressing and take any measures if necessary.
Pain relief for your muscles
Quell is an alternative to traditional medicine for treating chronic muscle pain. The device is inserted into a band that is wrapped around the calf. It stimulates the nerves in the leg that sends signals to the brain, triggering a natural response in the body to block the pain sensation. This device eliminates the need to take painkillers, which can cause addiction. As with other wearables, Quell stands out for its ease of use, comfort and portability.
Stay in shape
Of the many smartwatches that monitor physical activity throughout the day, Fitbit has grown in popularity over the last few years. With its product, Surge, Fitbit offers a comprehensive tool for identifying your location, heart rate, calories burned, the time that you have been active and inactive, and many other pieces of data that also automatically synchronize with a mobile app to record your physical activity. People who engage in intermediate to high levels of exercise are those that benefit best from its features.
Improve your sleep
In addition to its feature of measuring physical activity, Pebble smartwatches also measure how you rest. They register the exact time that you fall asleep, wake up, and count the time you spent in deep sleep. By becoming informed about this information, the company’s idea is that people can determine whether it is necessary to adjust their sleeping habits in order to improve their sleep. This data can be stored and analyzed in your cellphone by downloading an app.
The future of diabetes
A few years ago, Google announced that it was working on a smart contact lens that could allow people living with diabetes to have their levels of glucose constantly monitored through its sensors that measure sugar levels through contact with the natural tears of the eyes. While this technology is already patented, it will take a while for these lenses to reach the market because clinical trials have yet to be conducted to test their effectiveness. Google is working on this project in collaboration with Novartis, a Swiss laboratory.