Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wearables for Women Health

Over a couple of years there had been an intense discussion in media – whether the wearable technology provides adequate Women Healthcare solutions.  Market research shows that women outnumber men as prospective buyers of wearable devices.  Thus, wearable devices vendors are targeting them. An interesting fact is that 8 of the top 25 health apps in the US App Store are fertility and period-tracking apps. However, apparently, the effort is not good so far.
Just read these materials:

Those interested in the subject may also look at materials:
Here is a brief overview of recent developments. Of course, one of the biggest focus is pregnancy. Mobile Health advances, as well as introduction of new wearable sensor technologies opened a new page in this area. It is now possible to track health parameters and continuously monitor health conditions in daily life of pregnant women. This scholarly article evaluates the use of wearable sensors as an enabling technology to motivate healthier lifestyle behaviors during pregnancy: Wearable Sensors for Healthier Pregnancies

YONO Fertility Friend
YONO measures and records your Basal Body Temperature seamlessly and effortlessly. BBT data can help you with fertility tracking, natural family planning and hormonal health monitoring.
Priya
A revolutionary wearable sensor that benefits any woman who wants to effortlessly manage her fertility.
Priya is an elegant, self-inserted temperature sensor that is able to detect the subtle changes that occur before ovulation that other methods are unable to detect, then sends an alert to her smartphone when she is most fertile.
Priya pinpoints the window of fertility, without having to actively engage in data collection. Simply insert Priya ring once per month, and let Priya do the rest.
iTBra™
Innovative, Personal Early Breast Wellness Screening
A comfortable, discrete intelligent wearable technology that provides monthly breast wellness screening in the privacy of your home. Empowering women’s breast health awareness is our goal. This is tissue agnostic early cancer screening device and software service.
LOONCUP
A LOONCUP can do so much more than a tampon, pad, or even a regular menstrual cup can do. It's the world's first smart menstruation cup, and you'll love the way it tells you exactly how full it is, and when it's time to refresh. Your new LOONCUP will precisely track your fluid volume, fluid color, and analyze your cycles. Try finding a tampon, pad, or cup that can do all of that!
Your new LOONCUP is safe, convenient, and super smart – with a securely embedded sensor that speaks directly to your smartphone.
LOONCUP, the world's first smart menstrual cup. Smart menstrual cup syncs with a phone to track the flow and length of a woman's cycle

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Autism Wearables and Applications - Part 1 of MedGizmo Overview

This is the first part of the post. The second part will feature some wearable devices and applications.

One of the acute issues in Healthcare is Autism (and its milder form, Asperger Syndrome - Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Just Google ‘autism’ and you will get about 70,000,000 hits. And it is increasing at a very high pace. As per CDC reports , the rate of  ASD in  the  United  States  has  risen  to  its  highest  level  in  recent decades; child autism rate now one in 45.
Around half a million people have these in the UK.
Many people with autism are living a normal social life, however, autism is characterized by communications and social skills impairments. Usually, individuals with autism exhibit problems when initiating and terminating interactions, learning the interests of others, and joining social groups. Adults tend to become more isolated from their social world, as the interactions just become too difficult and stressful for them: they are trying to survive, however, it requires  a lot of mental energy - and as a result, there is a decrease in motivation to interact. They become isolated from other members of society and it is getting worse with age.
Here is one of the recent examples that describe the situation: I'm scared to be an older person with autism
Moreover Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge's Autism Research Centre created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults. This test asks you to say how much you agree with a series of statements. Note: The test is not diagnostic, which means that even if you score over 32, it doesn't mean you've definitely got Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Many people who score highly and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger's report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives.


Autism is described as a wide spectrum of cases that are severe across several different groups of symptoms. Those who have mild symptoms can live relatively well, whereas those most severely affected often require 24-hour care.
Now, let us have a look what IT IS to be an autistic person in a high-tech world.
People working in science and engineering jobs are more likely to have autistic-like behaviors than less technical professions according to a nationwide experiment involving nearly half a million members of the public – which also confirmed that men tend to be more autistic than women. The Cambridge researchers believe that autistic traits are linked to both sex and to having a “systems-thinking mind”, which could explain the why many people working in Silicon Valley and related high-tech occupations tend to exhibit more autistic-like behavior than the wider population.
The widely cited paper in THE FORBES A New Business Model for Autism points out that new approach to autistic people emerged – employ them extensively. And sure enough, there are these news developments:
  • Microsoft announces pilot program to hire people with autism
  • Another FORBES paper : The Best Tech Jobs For Individuals With Autism
  • That points good occupational choices: Equipment Designer, Computer Repair, Web Site Design, Computer Graphics / Animation, Auto Mechanic, Drafting, Computer Programming,    Engineering, Laboratory technician, Statistician, Physicist or Mathematician, Data Entry.
  • It had been noticed that there has been a less well-publicized, yet emerging trend: technology companies big and small have been stepping forward to focus their resources on projects to help individuals with autism. The growing number of people now diagnosed with autism has generated huge demand for technology, products, and other services to help support their needs.
  • So, it is quite natural that all these groups are now actively engaged in design and production of wearables and applications that help autistic people. Besides others, there are two major areas that are being addressed: helping with social interaction and communication; and avoidance of tendency to fixate on limited interests and repetitive behaviors.

Note, that we do not claim to be a comprehensive source for all recent developments, however, we strive to provide the most attention-grabbing ones (from our point of views), as well as reference to some basic theory articles.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kickstarter, Indiegogo and others - Insight into Crowdfunding



Since the end of the last decade, crowdfunding is accelerating at a tremendous speed. According to the 2015CF – Crowdfunding Industry Report there are 1,250 active crowdfunding platforms in the world. And they raised in 2014 $16.2 billion (167% increase as compared to 2013). 

In this brief post I want to share some Internet resources and stats that is available now – so, the reader can make a qualified decision on the activities: whether it is investing in Crowdfunding projects, or to participate in fundraising.

Crowdfunding platforms are one of the main sources of financing for gadgets and gizmos, and almost every day we see new projects appear on these websites. According to the TechCrunch data, wearbles get the most of money:


There is a rather heated discussion about which platform is better, and whether it is worth to invest money in new developments that are promoted. A few examples: Tech Review - Buying Gadgets That Don't Exist from the Lancing Star,  Indiegogo Vs. Kickstarter: Crowdfunding Platform Wars ,5 Reasons Crowfunding Campaigns Fail by the LaunchLeader that cites: “The statistics are staggering: 60% of Kickstarter campaigns fail and 90% fail on Indiegogo.”
The Krowdster gives this comparison results for the major players in the field:


 This comparison table of two biggest players is drawn from Crowdfunding Options for WealthWorks Value Chains
This document contains a detailed instruction of how to start a campaign as well as reference information on the 19 US-based  Crowdfunding web-sites.

 In 2014, 22,252 projects were successfully funded on Kickstarter. That’s more creative projects than ever before.

  •      $529 million was pledged to Kickstarter projects last year. That's more than $1,000 a minute.
  •     Last year, 2,202,171 people backed a project for the first time.
  •     773,824 people backed more than one project;
  •     71,478 people backed more than 10 projects; and
  •     1,125 people backed more than 100 projects.

Time of day

  • Wednesday was the most popular day for pledges.
  • Early afternoon was one of the most popular times to pledge.

They also have very good graphics representation

More recent data is listed at this informative 2015Kickstarter Infographic from crowdfundproductions.com. This site is also useful for those planning campaigns.


 The Art of Crowdfunding by NextNonprofits briefly analyzes the history of crowdfunding, describes the major websites and lists the tools and mechanism to start your campaign.
 
Latest trends and directions of development of crowdfunding from the Institute of Aviation Poland provides this interesting stats 

Although it is related to the Arts category, it gives a certain understanding of popularity. The article also describes certain new areas of crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding Bible By Scott Steinberg is a 50-page source of various practical issues, that are associated with crowdfunding – might be very handy in planning campaigns.

THE CROWDFUNDING TEXTBOOK by Scott Prucell is an excellent guide to the process. It start with the brief history – here is one of the graphs that shows Kickstarter’s success:
 And goes on with detailed guidance on legal issues (especially associated with SEC and FINRA) on all stages of fundraising with crowdfunding. Really worth to read!

Crowdfunding 101 from  Crowdfunding professional Association is another guidance book to look at.

Intellect Academy provides this short guidance Creating a Kickstarter campaign, as well as Damien P. George shares his step-by-step experience

I hope that my limited research may provide an insight for those interested? Please, make comments to my mail:
Vlad Gizmodo

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Latest updates on wearable and household technology products: gadgets and applications – July 23, 2015







NEWS
Although each group’s methodologies vary, they agree that at least US$2.1B of funding has been funneled into this space. According to Rock Health, this has outpaced overall venture funding, as well as outpacing funding for individual software, biotechnology, and medical device sectors.

While many older individuals are open to using mobile activity trackers, long-term adoption is hindered by physical discomfort, complicated applications and other issues, according to a study released last week by AARP, FierceMobileHealthcare reports.

Some hospitals have attempted to address the issue. The University of Rochester Medical Center requires staff to keep phones silenced when working with patients and forbids using phones for personal matters while at any “clinical work stations” . But some doctors, nurses, and other O.R. personnel point out that smartphones can provide assistance during care, letting staffers view patient information and lab results on the fly or communicate with colleagues in other parts of the hospital during a surgery

The report is seen as a good indicator of the current security posture of smartwatch devices given the similarity of issues raised, such as insufficient authentication, weak encryption and other privacy concerns. Experts have said that they are cause for concern considering these devices will be storing sensitive information like health data. Watch the video clip how China is dealing with it

GADGETS

An augmented reality view, activity tracking, navigation, HD video, phone connectivity, Keep biker’s attention focused on the road: information is displayed in the center of view.

designed to help you track and monitor your moles over time to ensure they are receiving the attention they need.

SafeBand is a multi-functional wristband that allows the locking of phone/laptops, operate as a personal safety device, acts as an activity tracker and sends messages in real time.

Wearable Epilepsy Monitoring designed to identify and record seizures as they happen, and warn of possible upcoming seizures too.

Cellnovo system aims to relieve the stress that parents inevitably face when a child has diabetes. Through live updates of blood sugar and insulin dose, parents can benefit from peace of mind when all is normal, and from the ability to respond when necessary. Parents can access the Cellnovo website to view real-time data on their children’s diabetes. The system includes  wireless insulin mini-pump.

The iTBra contains wearable, comfortable intelligent breast patches which detect tiny circadian temperature changes within breast cells and then using your smart phone enabled device communicates with our Cyrcadia Health solution laboratory.  Cyrcadia Health’s technology detects normal circadian cellular baselines, as well as those abnormal patterns associated with the state of cancer.

APPLICATIONS

1DocWay is a simple, easy-to-use doctor's office that is entirely browser-based. All you need to get started is a computer or tablet with a browser and a webcam and a few minutes.
Videoconferencing. Our browser-based videoconferencing technology enables real-time interaction between providers and patients.

LIBRARY

Electronic Textiles (e-textiles) are fabrics that feature electronics and interconnections woven into them, presenting physical flexibility and typical size that cannot be achieved with other existing electronic manufacturing techniques. Components and interconnections are intrinsic to the fabric and thus are less visible and not susceptible of becoming tangled or snagged by surrounding objects. E-textiles can also more easily adapt to fast changes in the computational and sensing requirements of any specific application, this one representing a useful feature for power management and context awareness