Wireless to replace wearables?

June 16, 2014 | Reply More

In an ever-changing technical world, it is no longer a surprise to hear about potential devices and systems replacing current trends. According to mobihealthnews, “Activity tracker shipments reached 2.35 million and outsold smartwatches four to one in the first quarter of 2014” (http://mobihealthnews.com/34139/abi-10-million-activity-trackers-to-ship-in-2014/). The wearable era appears to hold its reign in the personal health and fitness space, but recalls and effectiveness research are showing the shortcomings of wearables.

In a recent MIT News article, Adam Conner-Simons explores the new wireless monitoring technology being developed by students in MIT’s Wireless Center. One team recently “developed a wireless system that can track movement through a wall. Their latest report demonstrates that they can now detect gestures as subtle as the rise and fall of a person’s chest. From that, they can determine a person’s heart rate with 99 percent accuracy. The research could be used for health-tracking apps, baby monitors, and for the military and law enforcement.”

What does this mean for the connected health industry? Will we see funding shift toward the development of wireless monitoring and away from the oh-so-popular wearables? What issues and obstacles regarding privacy and regulation will this technology bring with it?

Read the full article (http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/could-wireless-replace-wearables) and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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