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Brain Computer Interfaces In Your Ear

We like to talk about wearables and their ability to track our health and inform us of important health messages. However, today’s wearables are likely just the very start of what will be possible in the future. Don’t believe me? Try this story from Nautilus:

A brain computer interface made of gold electrodes mounted on a plastic film that is flexible enough to be molded on to the inner ear and behind the ear could herald the next big thing in wearable tech. The interface works like a conventional EEG cap, reading the wearer’s brain signals, and stays on for up to two weeks—even in the shower. The interface was powerful enough to allow wearers to operate a text speller through thought, but at only five words every two minutes it isn’t as efficient as texting—yet.

This amounts to basically a small bandaid on your ear. That’s some powerful technology. If you’re getting lost in the five words every two minutes, don’t. This is just the foundational learning that’s required for us to make advancements in this process.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished for the ability to think a blog post. Yes, I’ve typed over 4000 healthcare IT blog posts over the years. That number would probably be 8000 if it counted the number of times I’ve thought through a blog post. It would be perfect in a car when you’re mindlessly driving a route that you drive regularly.

If this doesn’t get you excited, you might want one of these to see if your brain is still working. This is cool stuff. Sure, there could be some unforeseen ramifications as well, but that’s true with any technology. I can’t wait to see what smart people come up with next.

March 18, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

How Many Received Health Apps, Wearables or Other Health Related Gifts for Christmas?

We’re basically taking this week off (like many of you) and enjoying time with family. However, I thought it might be fun to see what people have gotten as part of their Christmas haul.

How Many Received Health Apps, Wearables or Other Health Related Gifts for Christmas?

I’m sure the numbers will eventually come out, but you can be sure that it was a banner year for wearables this Christmas. I guess this really isn’t a change in our culture. Before we’d get treadmills, weights, and Jane Fonda videos. Now we get wearables to help us achieve the same goals. Sadly, I think most of them will end up like the other exercise equipment: gathering dust.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Future of Glasses and Wearable Technology

This documentary on Glasses, wearable technology, and robots is really interesting. You’ll need an hour to see the whole thing, but I think you’ll enjoy it. What does all of this mean for healthcare? I’ll leave that as an open ended question.

November 5, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Pajamas Created to Monitor an Infant’s Vital Stats, Sends Mobile Alerts

Every parent worries, at some point or another, about if their child is breathing, too hot, or too cold while they are sleeping, right? In 2010, Exmovere’s released “Exmobaby” pajamas that measured infants’ temperature and movements through sensors embedded in the pajamas. However, with the announcement that Rogers Communications has combined efforts with Exmovere’s, these “Exmobaby” pajamas are about to have a makeover.

A new feature will be added to the pajamas that transmits information to a parents smartphone, tablet, and a variety of other devices. This is the first “wearable” monitoring system for infants but is added to a growing line of other wearable systems that have been created for adults. Cory Shultz, a iMedicalApps blogger, said:

Rogers sees this as a necessary push in the already saturated mobile data market. By offering a service like this to its customers, it hopes to capture a new market segment that will be dependent on mobile data for continual use.

Since just about everything is going mobile (or so it seems), it makes sense that this Exmovere’s and Rogers Communications are trying to create something to satisfy customer’s needs. If these pajamas really work, it seems like a great product for children who may be ill or have other health problems. The feature that sends information to a mobile app will probably put some parent’s minds at ease when they leave their child with someone else, or when they are in an area of the house that isn’t near the child. I don’t think it is necessary for all parents to rush out and buy this product , but there could be a time and a place for it. Maybe these pajamas could be given to children that may need additional monitoring after leaving the hospital, and a doctor could receive alerts as well if their vital stats fall below satisfactory levels. It would seem that the possibilities are endless.

The wearable sensor market seems to be growing a lot lately, doesn’t it? Exmobaby pajamas appear to be one of the less-complicated ones. What do you think about the growing trend of wearable sensors?

“Rogers sees this as a necessary push in the already saturated mobile data market,” iMedicalApps blogger Cory Shultz says. “By offering a service like this to its customers, it hopes to capture a new market segment that will be dependent on mobile data for continual use.”

June 7, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.