Research shows the adoption of wearable fitness tracker technology depends on the cost and awareness of users of their health benefits.
Imagine having your heart rate, body temperature, blood oxygen, sleep health, and much more tracked by the ring on your finger. That is precisely what Ōura Ring can already do, and more features are coming. The lightweight titanium ring is lined on the inside with sensors. It monitors your heart rate 24/7, and will soon be able to provide you post-workout insights. The Ōura Ring also keeps tabs on your restorative time, like sleeping and taking mindfulness breaks. This smart piece of jewelry can also help predict menstrual cycles, and more features are in the pipeline. In 2022, the manufacturer plans to turn on advanced sleep analysis and blood oxygen monitoring. Preorders have begun, and the rings begin shipping November 15.
The U.S. Army is funding a special skullcap that aims to analyze how the brain disposes of waste during sleep. Eventually, the goal is for the device to treat sleep disorders for soldiers in real time.
The $2.8 million award issued through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium is for the first year of what the research team anticipates will be a multiyear grant from the U.S. Army. The primary goal is to noninvasively measure and modulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid as it circulates through the brain and clears waste.
I can’t resist linking to Galactic Cowboys.
Following Apple’s latest blockbuster quarter, there’s lots for fans of the company to be excited about according to Dan Moren. He explained what he’s looking forward to in his latest MacWorld column – wearables, to name but one.
There’s nothing that Apple watchers want to know more than what the next big product coming out of Cupertino might be. They scrutinize supply chains, try to draw information out of company contacts, and, of course, closely pore over every public statement by Apple. When it comes to Apple’s financial calls, one key phrase that often signals what areas Apple might be interested in is “very excited.” If you were listening during last week’s financial call, you would hear that exact phrase uttered by Apple CFO Luca Maestri in relation to precisely one product category: Wearables.
During Apple’s earnings call on Wednesday, CFO Luca Maestri mentioned that Apple’s wearables business is now worth that of a Fortune 120 company.
Apple’s category for “Wearables, Home, and Accessories” jumped to US$5.5.3 billion in Q3 2019, an increase from US$3.73 billion in Q3 2018.
Apple sold 10.4 million Apple Watches in quarter 4 of 2018 (4Q18). The Series 4 remains a strong seller and should remain the market leader as more healthcare organizations utilize the device.
The worldwide market for wearable devices grew 31.4% during the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18), reaching a new high of 59.3 million units according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker.
Apple has the number one spot in a list of five companies. Other companies include Xiaomi #2, Huawei #3, Fitbit #4, and Samsung #5.
Nike launched a line of self-adjusting basketball shoes that you can control with your iPhone. They’re based on the company’s FitAdapt technology.
When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute cord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement.
These basketball shoes look slick.
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It works with an app to measure the wearer’s exposure to UV radiation.