“Clinicians can’t do a lot with the number of steps you’ve taken in a day,” says Neil Sehgal, a senior research scientist at the University of California San Francisco.
Your fitness tracker gives you a plethora of information you could never even come close to recording yourself on a spreadsheet after huffing and puffing your way back to your computer desk. But is there something you might be missing? We discuss…
From the Olympics to the Presidential election, to the release of the new Star Wars movie and everything in between, the past 365 days have brought with them a lot of changes—for better or worse! As is common tradition, We, at Biostrap, have been spending these past few days, the ones just after Christmas and before New Year’s Day, to do a little reevaluation of the last 12 months and some soul-searching for the next dozen.
The story of Jawbone has been nothing short of tumultuous. The headset-turned-bluetooth-speaker-turned-consumer wearable startup has unsurprisingly taken another turn. We break down what that means for consumer wearables, clinical health, and how Biostrap plays into it.
At Biostrap, we often get caught up talking about the broad implications of wearable devices and our grand ambitions for unlocking total health—maybe we should get back to the basics. We understand that not everyone is a biohacking fitness junkie. Whether you’re a layperson to the wearable industry or opening an API on your own biometrics, one thing is certain: wearables have a lot of benefits. So let’s talk about them!
While smartwatches will clearly play a significant role in the future of wearables––and gathering basic health data from them makes sense––the wearable industry seems to be overlooking a crucial reason for wearables in the first place: health monitoring.
Wearable devices use PPG sensors to gather health data, but the quality of information you get depends on what color light is being used.
“If there’s anything to be said about the wearable tech shown off at SXSW this year, it’s that it falls into one of two categories: it either performs a highly specialized function, or it’s easy to wear.”