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A few decades ago we had to get used to the first computers and huge mobile phones. As time passes, gadgets have been getting smaller and more portable, and now the era of wearables began. They give us the possibility to use all the features of the smartphone, without taking it out of our pocket. In the previous article, we tried to explain how wearables can replace smartphones. Today, we are going to discuss how wearables can help in the treatment of diseases.

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Smartwatch against sleep apnoea

Smartwatch was designed to be a portable replacement for smartphones. Now the technologies went farther and it can be used for preventing diseases and treatment. Apnoea is one of those, it is a very dangerous type of health condition as it causes breathing to stop periodically during sleeping. It may be a reason for hypertension, heart disease, brain attacks, diabetes, and somnolence. The artificial intelligence of the smartwatch recognizes any issues and improves sleep quality.

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Patch-like thermometer and chest strap

Parents of small children are aware that checking their temperature is not an easy thing to do, and how worrying is to leave them alone all night. The concerns are over with the patch-like gadget, which screens body temperature 24/7 and informs about any changes via the smartphone application.

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The chest strap, is designed for tracking the heartbeat, and can b implemented for monitoring children’s health, taking care of elderly people, and improving sleeping quality. The wearable should be placed around the chest to analyze breathing patterns, and the smartphone gives out guidance on reducing brain activity and making the person sleepy. It makes a period of falling asleep much easier and increases sleeping quality.

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More than a step counting

There is a well-known thought of a need to do the 10 000 steps per day, but what if this number is not the same for every person? Due to different lifestyles and bodies, there is a need for personalized health and fitness recommendations. Developers created new kind of fitness tracker, additionally, to measure steps, calories, distance, heart rate, and sleep, it adds its own Personal Activity Intelligence index.

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Fitness ring

If you find fitness trackers too big, then the fitness ring is the best solution for you. It is comfortable and matches any kind of outfit. The ring acts exactly like a standard wrist fitness tracker, but the data is sent to the smartphone, instead of being shown on the tracker screen.

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Measuring pregnancy remotely

Future parents are often very worried about a healthy baby and mother-to-be. There was developed a pregnancy wearable patch with a small device that sticks to the baby bump. The data is being sent to the mobile application, this is a very good way of differentiating false signals from real ones. One more advantage of this startup is that wearable is not sold out, the company leases it, due to the fact that this device is used only for limited time.

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Taking care of skin wisely

Facial skin is very sensible, so it can be a mirror of the total health condition. There were facial pads developed to track the mood, level of stress, changes in the environment. Through the LED light, it measures dryness, hydration, redness, or melanin and then saves the information on the app so a user can track its changes. Also, the application suggests a solution to any issues and suggests products which are better to use.

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Monitoring vital signs from your ear

There is a unique device, which tracks biometric information through the ear, as that is a great spot for measurement. It looks similar to the one-ear Bluetooth headset, it measures body temperature, heart rate, VO2, speed, distance, and cadence continuously, in the real time. Moreover, as this device is located next to the ear – the user can listen to music and make calls. So, it may become a good competitor to the standard wrist fitness trackers.

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Summing up

The development of wearable devices made a grand transformation of everyday life. And now it may even improve the quality of the healthcare industry. Definitely, it is going to change its direction to more preventive medicine. It will be a grand step to the future with the decreased amount of diseases.

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