Health Wearables Turn to Fashion

Health Wearables Turn to Fashion

Lambert Spaanenburg (Comoray AB, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7598-6.ch066
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Microelectronics is shrinking health equipment in size, cost, and operability, thereby moving it from the medical to the consumer market. A typical example is the oximeter. Originally, it was the bulky helper of the anesthetist in the operating theatre, but gradually it has become a routine check for hospital admittance and is rapidly shaped as a simple consumer item, similar to a smart thermometer. The success is inspiring for more. A variety of sensor types are being experimented with to capture the vital data for health in general, and fitness in particular. Accessories are placed in, on, and around the body, and together with the smartphone, they are rapidly becoming part of a “fashion statement.” Some sensors are integrated into a single product; some are wirelessly connected to one or more wearables to provide extensive services.
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The m-health arena has started from a replacement market. Here Apps are administrative systems where the end-user is logging available data as provided from other sources. Examples are body temperature from a thermometer, calories from the food wrapper and body weight from bathroom scales. Such products do not provide more than a simple agenda for logging and many products share a lack of enthusiasm in the market.

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