The Gear Sport is Samsung’s next wearable

Samsung’s smartwatches come but once a year and guess what folks? That time is rolling around once again.

It seems like only yesterday we were cooing over the Samsung Gear S3 and now it’s all grown up.

Reports on Friday revealed the Korean giant has another baby on the way and the early scans show it’s likely to be a fitness-focused offering.

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According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States (via Android Headlines), they’ve already decided on a name. It’ll be Christened the Samsung Gear Sport.

The image provided with the filing suggests it’ll be a full blooded smartwatch rather than a fitness tracker.


Gear Sport FCC

Naturally, it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but that’s about all we know. Given Samsung loves to use Tizen on these devices, we’d say that’s a given too.

Whether Samsung chooses to reveal this device alongside the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23 remains to be seen.

The company might want to save it for the IFA 2017 tech show, which starts the following week.

Last year the company debuted the Gear S3 — admittedly its best yet — during its IFA tech show address.

Fourth time lucky?

The company’s smartwatches have struggled to impress thus far. The Gear S3 earned a 6/10 rating from TrustedReviews.

Our reviewer Richard Easton concluded: “The Samsung Gear S3 flirts with greatness, but it ultimately falls short due its gargantuan size and weight, as well as its Tizen OS.”

It has been over a year since Samsung updated the Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX, so we might see new versions of those trackers too.


Brightly Wearable Tech Tells You When You Need a Bathroom

Though it’s not a fun thing to discuss, incontinence is a fairly common issue for people above a certain age. For now, most people who experience it have to deal with adult diapers or opt for surgery.

But very soon, technology might be able to provide a better way for people to deal with incontinence. Lir Scientific is the company behind Brightly, a new wearable tech device that can tell people when they have to use the bathroom.

The Brightly wearable tech device works by using biosensors that can tell when a person’s bladder has expanded. It then sends an alert to the user’s smartphone to let them know it might be time to find a nearby bathroom.

CEO of Lir Scientific Jean Rintoul told Wired:

“The idea is to give people back some dignity and independence.”

There’s clearly a market for such a product.

According to the CDC, more than half of adults over 65 have to deal with incontinence. And an alert system such as this one, if it works like it aims to, could be more hygienic and cost effective over the long run. It could also help people avoid some potentially embarrassing situations.

But it is not what you would consider a trendy wearable. With all of the buzz surrounding smartwatches and other types of wearable tech, the Brightly wearable tech device is unlikely to get that same type of attention from the Silicon Valley elite.

What it is likely to do, however, is cater to a very specific group with a very specific need. It’s a group that is usually willing to spend some money, especially on an item with such a practical purpose. And that could very well be the reason the company is able to find long-term success in the market. Rintoul said to Wired:

“For some types of startups, it does seem like their goal is a race to the bottom of tiny innovations. We’re trying to take a broader perspective with our technology, especially by targeting an older population. After all, we all are getting older.”

Image: Lir Scientific/YouTube


Startup Makes Wearable Tech to Monitor Vitals, Head Trauma


Believe it or not, there are some tech companies that aren’t interested in smartglasses or smartwatches. MC10′s approach to wearable technology has been to completely re-imagine how that technology can be used to monitor and improve a person’s health. It’s technology that can take your vitals, monitor for possible trauma, and even improve the outcome of surgical procedures.

This is accomplished by inventions such as an ultra-thin, skin-like tattoo with tiny dots, called a bio-stamp. The stamp is worn on the surface of the skin to monitor body vitals. A head impact indicator has also been developed with backing from Reebok to detect danger of concussion and other head injuries.

The technology can be used inside the human body as well, with the company also developing an “intelligent catheter.” This has nanometer-thin sensors, and can be inserted into the body giving doctors real-time feedback during a procedure.

These inventions have the potential to revolutionize medicine, representatives from the company say. No longer would a patient be confined to a bed with wires attached. Now they could just wear the thin patch, with a small radio transmitter sending vitals back to the doctors. The patch weighs only three-thousandths of an ounce, so the patient wouldn’t even feel a thing.

The hat, which monitors the head for impact injuries – called “Checklight” – looks like a normal everyday hat – not one which would stand out in any way. If you don’t include the glowing Reebok sensor at the back, that is.

This is all part of what is becoming known in the industry as wireless sensor technology” or “epidermal electronics” and it is taking off fast.

Carmichael Roberts, co-founder and chairman of MC10 told Fox News recently:

“If you think about the evolution of electronics, to the point where your cellphone is such an important device….it’s not something you feel like you’re wearing. We have a product where you don’t even know you have it on.”

Some inventions, such as the Hydration Sensor, send those vital stats back to the person’s smartphone, as you can see in the following video.

David Icke, CEO of MC10tells Reuters:

“You can’t improve what you can’t measure, so if you could instead have a body measurement that happens in an innocuous way, you can then start to measure and track things, and work on improving them.”

Images: MC10


4 Innovative Wearable HealthCare Tech Companies to Watch in 2016

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Imagine this: your aging father just had a heart attack, and since you live clear across the country, you’re worried about how he’s going to cope on his own.

Wouldn’t it be great if your father’s medical team could remotely monitor his cardiac symptoms using a device similar to a FitBit? Should anything be amiss with your father’s heart, his physician could receive an alert then contact your father and alert your family.

That’s exactly what Biotricity, a new healthcare startup, aims to do with its ECG monitoring device bioflux. Biotricity is a turnkey, wearable medical cardiac monitoring solution currently available by prescription, which lets physicians diagnose cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease as well as detect arrhythmias via remote monitoring for up to 30 consecutive days.

Wearable healthcare tech, like Biotricity, got top billing earlier this year at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. These companies are using algorithms to not only identify risk patterns in data but also to offer managed care through new technology platforms that empower patients to monitor their own health at home.

Technology companies are also thinking beyond wearable healthcare tech and forging major partnerships that will apply cloud services and analytics to personal health care data. Last year, IBM upped its healthcare information technology game by unveiling three major partnerships with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronics. IBM’s three partnerships all harness the analytics power behind IBM’s supercomputer platform, Watson, and could help IBM play a major role in the emerging personal health information market.

Wearable Healthcare Tech

What’s next on the horizon? From Biotricity’s cardiac monitoring to Medtronic’s predictive hypoglycemia sensor for diabetes patients, these are four of the biggest healthcare tech innovators to watch in 2016:

Sideline ImPACT

App that Assists in Concussion Management

As a father, I can attest that it’s a pretty scary experience when a child gets hit in the head and falls down, especially when playing sports. The first thing that comes to mind: what if my child has a concussion — how will I know? Sideline ImPACT is a new app with a brief cognitive test that helps caregivers identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion for immediate management and care of a suspected injury.

The Sideline ImPACT test measures concentration, short-term memory and orientation, and the test can be completed in less than five minutes. While the app is not a replacement for professional health care treatment, it is an extremely important tool for parents, coaches and caregivers to immediately assess an injury and seek appropriate medical care.


Wearable Device for Remote, Cardiovascular Disease Monitoring

In addition to developing Bioflux (described earlier), Biotricity also developed Biolife, a health and lifestyle solution that monitors heart rhythms as well as respiration, calories, temperature and physical activity levels. Unlike FitBit, which leaves data evaluation solely in the hands of the consumer, Biotricity has partnered with a third-party clinical service provider to review the raw data and offer actionable feedback. This empowers patients to take a role in their own preventative care.


A Virtual Pillbox for Medication Reminders

“Take your medication as prescribed” seems like pretty straightforward advice from your physician, but for many busy folks, that advice can be a tough pill to swallow. This is especially true for regimens with multiple doses throughout the day. Missing a dose – or taking multiple doses by accident – can have serious health consequences. Medisafe gives patients an accurate and reliable way to monitor medication intake. Patients know exactly when to take each medication throughout the day and which ones they’ve already taken. The gentle, unobtrusive app reminders work with iOS and Android.


A Tiny Sensor for Predicting Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Patients

Medtronic, which already offers several diabetes monitoring products, is upping its game with a new sensor for predicting a potential hypoglycemia episode in advance. The sensor, approximately the size of a quarter, is worn on the abdomen. The sensor contains a tiny cannula that measures interstitial fluid and uses these measurements to predict upcoming hypoglycemia episodes. Medtronic is currently developing a corresponding smartphone app for monitoring. That app is expected to launch in summer 2016.

Bottom Line

The future of healthcare tech is in holistic, solution-based services that combine symptom monitoring with robust data analysis to provide real-time feedback about patient health. Apps have long been changing our lives in innovative ways. Now, innovation within health care tech has the power to save our lives, too.

Image: ImPACT