Meeting others in bars, public venues and social events are all places people often engage for dating. Apparently, some flag wearable devices as part of their prospect screening criteria: activity tracker wristbands like Nike+ Fuel, Jawbone, FitBit, and others signal the wearer takes care of his/her health and manages his/her fitness goals. On the other hand, activity wristbands can signal a person is overly concerned with diet and exercising, may draw attention to a need to lose weight, etc.
Wearable wristbands and smartwatches are catching up and present a different lifestyle-type of gadget. As much as we love our smart phones, very few carry them 24/7, however wearables can provide a continuous way to have a device available at all times. There are several types of wearable technology, the most common today is the wristband, which has continuous 'skin contact' and fits into the healthcare and wellbeing categories. To monitor a medical condition, a wristband device can collect vital stats of a patient with a chronic condition, then communicate the data to initiate suggestions, actions, management of findings, etc. The fitness tracker devices on the market today are highly evolved versions of the previous decade pedometers. These wearable gadgets are smarter, more accurate, have many features, and capture various physical body statistics, activities, calorie consumption, etc. Coupled with a mobile app or an online account, the information collected can give users into their lifestyle activities and choices.
Beyond healthcare or well-being applications, wearable have a broader context. Smartwatches are designed to handle a variety of mobile applications, streaming, viewing (videos), and more. Google Glass created a thrill among techies lately and is classified as eyewear computer.
No doubt that wearables are catching attention. What would be the next big thing? What are the possible applications of these high-tech small and wearable devices?
DEMO Fall 2013 showcased selected wearable innovations in today's global markets. The conference was produced by IDG and was held in Santa Clara, CA this week. Award winning “DEMO God” was a new healthcare application that utilizes Google Glass - Pristine.
Pristine just launched the Pristine EyeSight and Pristine CheckLists for surgical teams, nurses and medical support staffs. Their apps utilize Google Glass in the operating room (OR), promoting realtime collaboration and team experience at time of surgery. The idea is to enable the entire OR medical team - surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and staff to collaborate, streamline, and optimize the process. For example, the app enables instantaneous and hands-off access to remote consultations, coordination of pre-op and post-op procedures, and even have live demonstrations for medical training purposes. Since the platform is Google Glass with a ‘top’ layer of software, the solution is not an FDA medical device by definition, but is considered a --- mobile device. Therefore, it can be used in emergency room, at operating rooms, at out patient facilities, etc.
The Pristine team has been able to demonstrate the concept at the UC Irvine medical center recently. Testing in the real world is the main challenge the startup faces, since hospitals are reluctant to use the device in realtime and in real cases. On the technical side, to utilize Google Glass, the application needs uninterruptible wi-fi connection in the hospital or clinic setting.
Surgery was chosen as the first area of the hospital for usage sine it is a mainly hands-free environment. The operating room also involves anesthesiologists, who usually cover multiple surgeries at the same time. Through eyewear computers, like Google Glass, Pristine enables the anesthesia experts to have the ability to monitor and communicate directly and in realtime with several OR teams in multiple locations instantly, instead of using phone, beepers, etc.
1. Pristine - The company is building medical applications on Google Glass and works closely with physicians, surgeons, specialists, and other healthcare practitioners to build applications that improve clinical efficiency.
Pristine careers: http://pristine.theresumator.com
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