Five amazing things made reality by M2M technology (8)
02 Sep 2014 Consumer Electronics
We are committed to bringing you the technology that improves your life. Welcome back to our popular series of amazing things made possible with M2M technology. Today we present another five connected and surprising inventions: one for sports, one for health, one to address Parkinson research and finally one for biometrics in what could be a revolution in password management and door access.
Baby under control
We already mentioned what we dubbed ‘The Internet of Babies’ in the previous instalment when we dealt with the Mimo Baby, a washable baby kimono with a detachable sensor. Sproutling goes a step further: the solution promises to deliver the first sensing, learning, predicting baby monitor.
To do so it provides a soft, hypoallergenic ankle band for the baby to wear. The band offers data in real time through an app on your smartphone of the baby’s vitals (heartbeat, whether the baby is sleeping and important to parents whether the baby has rolled over) plus environment information such as room temperature, humidity, sound, and light.
Designers believe that Sproutling Baby Monitor will “give parents added insight to help them better understand their own child, capable of learning and predicting a baby's sleep habits and optimal sleep conditions”. It is expected to be market ready in 2015.
Breaking a sweat before the US Open
Sports and fashion firm Ralph Lauren has teamed with OM Signal to develop a high end nylon T-shirt to measure breathing and heart rates as well as stress levels. The garment will be tested at this year’s U.S. Open by the ball boys.
"It’s fascinating to see this guy at the peak of his youth and his health, to watch the stress that he’s under when Roger Federer is handing him a ball," executive vice president for advertising, marketing and corporate communications David Lauren said to the New York Times.
Similar to other athletic shirts, the black garment has a silver coated thread woven into the fibre that controls heart rate, breathing and stress levels. The information is collected and transferred to a dashboard on a phone or computer app via a small lightweight, hardly noticeable box attached to the garment at chest height.
Your technologic Guardian Angel
Angel is an open sensor for personal health with the shape of a nice to wear and comfortable bracelet. The bracelet collects data regarding pulse, temperature, blood oxygen, and more, overseeing our daily work, life and sleep without interfering and blending into any app that reads health data.
The 2 key novelties in the case of Angel is that it is open and allows free interaction with any App in the market and the other is that it is the most complete body data sensor built to the moment which makes it multipurpose and flexible. The metrics used and how they are used depends on app creators so it can serve as a child temperature scan, a personal coach, a heart rate monitor or all of them combined.
Michael J. Fox Foundation and Intel rally to fight Parkinson
The Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel have partnered to use technology as a way to monitor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Intel supplied patients with their Basis division smartwatches using an adapted app to help doctors study the effects of different medications.
Parkinson patients suffer from symptoms that include tremors and other uncontrollable movements, impaired balance and co-ordination, stiffness, slowness of movement, loss of smell, a decline in intellectual functioning, and speech and swallowing problems.
Ronald Kasabian, general manager of big data solutions at Intel stated that their focus was the accelerometer data: “We want to be able to understand gait, fluidity of movement, tremors”. Both organizations expect information extracted from the study to become open to the medical community.
Biometrics as your unique identifier
Can you imagine a life without locks or keys, passwords, or credit cards? No, we are not talking about going back to the 18th century but to take a look at a smart password and key-free environment where your heartwave is the unique identifier that sets your life in motion.
Nymi by Bionym –a next generation wearable– uses your unique heartbeat, the wristband wearable and an Authorized Authentication Device (AAD) – typically your smartphone – to create a secure 3 point identity set to connect to your devices. It aims to assist you at home, driving, or shopping "creating a smart, password and key-free environment", in the words of the designers. It is expected to reach the market during the Autumn 2014.