New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

In the age of the Internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. This is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room.

Source: New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

While this has all kinds of positive applications and impacts it is also part of the

  1. Biggest identity theft vulnerabilities today
  2. Part of a serious risk to human life

Why?

Because wireless hospital devices are the absolute most insecure in the world. There are literally almost no security protocols for medical devices within hospitals and they are exploding in number.

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Researchers Have Made Socks That Use Urine to Create Electricity

Your urine may be of more use kept about your person. At least, that’s what a team of researchers from the University of the West of England think, because they’ve made a pair of socks that use the liquid to generate electricity.

Source: Researchers Have Made Socks That Use Urine to Create Electricity

The first I remember to suggest such technology was the stillsuit in Dune.  Which brings up the point that this could be beneficial for travel in places such as space.  Electricity doesn’t do much good in the desert 😉

…and wearable charging technology has been talked about for a while, with respect to supporting our cellphone/mobile and such.

Google Wants to Patent a Blood-Sucking Smartwatch

Just when you thought our data-driven lifestyles were getting a little weird, Google wants to make it creepy. The company just filed a patent application for a “needle-free blood draw” device that can be implanted in a wearable. It’s the vampiric smartwatch you never asked for.

Source: Google Wants to Patent a Blood-Sucking Smartwatch

The patent doesn’t describe using a needle, but by blasting a gas-powered microparticle into the skin and then drawing a small vial of blood into a pressurized container…

The first use most people think about for this is glucose monitoring, for Type 1 diabetes.  But I recently learnt that INR testing needs to be done within 4 hours of being drawn.  I don’t need that frequent monitoring, but know others who do – their longest period between INR tests was a week.  Weekly tests for me means alternating arms… 😦

That said, it’s just a patent filing.  IBM was long known for patenting without producing products.  It’s preemptive, and not how patents were intended to be used.  And I don’t particularly like that someone can patent something without a functioning prototype…

Your Doctor Does Not Give a Crap About Your Fitness Tracker Data

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be shocked if your doctor is more skeptical.

Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, They question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.

Source: Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Fitness-Tracker Data

The reason doctors have you come in once for an exam and then later for a checkup is so that they can get the numbers they want with the equipment that they want in the time periods and under the conditions they want. Fitness trackers can be useful, but not for much other than, well, tracking your fitness.

I’d been investigating 24×7 heart rate monitoring (HRM) using an optical sensor – the DCRainMaker reviews have been very helpful, now that the reviews are paying more attention to the HRM accuracy.  The FitBit offerings (Charge HR, Surge) were out by 10%.  The Garmin FR225 has much better accuracy, but after four months on the market – it’s being supplanted by the FR235.  The other issue is that the FR235 is using a Garmin optical sensor, while the FR225 uses a Mio licensed sensor…

On a similar note, I recently became aware of the AliveCor.  A nurse said it was the first trace from an iPhone app that was readable (Android supported as well).  But you have to sit really still for the reading…

Forget Wearables – Future Fitness Trackers Will Be Ingestible

Ever wondered if your Fitbit would be more useful if you, say, swallowed it? OK, us either, but according to reports by Business Insider, Jawbone is developing a new fitness tracker that will be taken like a pill.

Source: Forget wearables, the fitness trackers of the future will be ingestible

A pill would be more accommodating for competitions.  Much as I want to record myself, I don’t want to loose my 910XT…  But I don’t think the pill captures data – it probably would work like Garmin Vector pedals, which require a head unit to make sense of the data.  That’d defeat the purpose of the pill, if we still have to wear a head unit.

Have to wait and see what actually gets to market.

How I Changed Up My Workouts to Actually Make Them Fun

Once you finally cross that threshold where exercise becomes a routine, there’s a big “what’s next?” question that pops into your brain. For many of us, simply doing the work just isn’t exciting enough. As a cyclist, I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone to keep things interesting.

Source: How I Changed Up My Workouts to Actually Make Them Fun

It’s a comprehensive read.  Finding a group or club for your hobby can pay dividends too – meet people, make friends/training partners, and you’ll find out about events.