Then came the health monitoring.
The Cyber Heartbeat LED watch (shown on the right) won’t measure your actual heartbeat, mimicking an EKG spiking in correlation to the time. But many watch-like devices nowadays actually measure a multitude of vital functions. Ranging in price from less than $30 to $400 and more, a variety of real heart rate monitors are available in the market.
The Garmin 305 (image on the left) has an integrated GPS antenna, so unlike most heart rate monitors, it can tell how far and how fast you’re going and keep a history of your exercise.
Respiratory diseases and COPD follow-ups.
Australian researchers have developed a wristwatch that continuously monitors the health status of people with Parkinson’s disease to help doctors manage their treatment, Victorian Minister for Innovation Gavin Jennings said in May 19th press release. The wristwatch, which is still at the prototype stage, was introduced onto the world market by Mr. Jennings at BIO2009 in Atlanta, USA. Professor Malcolm Horne and Dr. Rob Griffiths are the inventors of this technology.
If you wear the GoWear fit armband during the course of your day, then log onto your personalized GoWear fit online activity manager, you’ll get information about the calories you’ve burned, plus a calorie consumption calculator and tips for how to best reach your fitness and lifestyle goals. GoWear fit also measures sleep duration and efficiency – so that you can begin to understand the influence your bedtime has on your overall health. BodyBugg is very similar to GoWear Fit and they both also have a food log. Sensewear has the sleep monitoring capabilities.
So if you do not want the world to know what exactly you are measuring, consider design suggested by Hironao Tsuboi for an LED watch. It looks like just a metal band. The . Push a button, and you get the time or what you’d like to get. Don’t push the button: no numbers, no curves, no pie charts. Very simple.