By PowerBuy // 10 February 2014 // Related Categories: Tips

Have a look at new cutting edge tech for your health.

A very interesting article appeared recently on www.mashable.com announcing the top health technologies to watch in 2014. We took an interest in four cutting edge products currently in development in the US that give us a glimpse into the future:

  1. OMSignal – OMSignal is one of many companies developing “smart clothes” that track your biometrics to help you improve your fitness and wellbeing. Embedded sensors in the apparel monitor your heart rate, breathing and activity. All of this is fed into a cloud service so you can monitor your health in real-time on your mobile phone or tablet.
  2. Airo – Those familiar with products such as Jawbone Up will be aware of wristbands that measure your nutrition, sleep, stress and exercise. Airo takes it a step further with a built in spectrometer that uses different wavelengths of light to detect nutrients released into the bloodstream as they are broken down during and after your meals. This is then reported back to you to advise your real-time health status.
  3. Tellspec – Tellspec is a handheld device that scans and analyses the composition of food so you can find out the real ingredients of a product before you buy it. Like Airo this product also uses a spectrometer to determine the chemical compounds which makes it handy for detecting allegens, preservatives and chemicals.
  4. Scanflo – Just when you thought you’d heard it all Scanflo is another product in development which acts as a urine test kit that sends the data to your phone. The website site tells us it tests for glucose, protein, leukocytes, nitrates, blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen, specific gravity, and pH in urine. It will also test for pregnancy.
  5. LifeVest – This is being adopted as an online incentive program that rewards you for improving your health. Employers can sponsor employees or users can also ask their family and friends to sponsor them within the system to earn even more rewards. It's just like partipicating in those fun runs back in primary school!

Real-time monitoring of our health and wellbeing is on the horizon and there is possibly great value in sharing our health data with our GPs. Docs will take great interest in monitoring our behaviour and long term it will help build very useful profiles and recognise patterns to help prevent disease. Make way for many more debates over confidentiality and privacy!

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