Each week PSFK.com with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a headset that monitors a user’s brainwaves and an app that adjusts workouts according to stamina.
Headset Measures People’s Breathing To Create A Full-Body Health Profile
BreathResearch is a company that is focusing on monitoring breath as a way to reduce stress, optimize athletic performance, lose weight and improve sleep. The company have been developing the technology since 2008, working on research that analyzes ‘breath acoustics,’ otherwise known as the quality of your breathing. Using 10 years of data, which amounts to over 10,000 recordings of various people’s breathing, the company has translated the data into numerical values that contribute to a “breathing index.” Combined with a mobile app, the headset listens to a user’s breathing, analyzes the patterns, generates a breathing score and provides recommendations on how to improve breathing. Although breath detection is a new field, recent studies suggest that this analysis can detect stress levels, bacterial infections, and other conditions, as well as help alleviate stress, asthma and other conditions.
Water Bottle Tells Drinkers When They Need To Hydrate
The BluFit is a water bottle and accompanying app that notifies users when it’s time to hydrate. Most of the hardware is built into the lid of the bottle, including a water sensor, USB port, rechargeable battery, speaker and LED display. Once the app has been programmed with the user’s weight, age, and environmental details, it will then alert them when it’s time to take a drink, making sure they stay hydrated throughout the day. Users can also view your hydration history and customize the alerts from their water bottle.
Running App Personalizes Workouts Based On Your Current Stamina
My ASICS is an app which allows runners to be their own personal trainer and create adaptive training plans that evolve as their workout continues. The app was designed to pick up how a runner’s body is responding to the workout, and utilize a series of software algorithms which are programed to better calculate what type of workout best suites their personal needs. My ASICS works by constantly molding a plan around the runners performance levels, progressively pushing them harder to increase the intensity of their workout, helping them reach their fitness goals faster.
Countertop Scale Automatically Reads Nutritional Information
Prep Pad is a new digital scale from The Orange Chef that calculates nutritional information in real-time, along with Countertop, an accompanying iOS app that presents the information and lets users set nutritional goals. Designed for health-conscious home cooks, it provides users with nutritional information about their meals such as calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat content, similar to the information one would find on the nutritional label of any packaged good. Users place meal ingredients, one at a time, on the scale, and then Prep Pad sends the weight to the Countertop via Bluetooth. Users must then go into the app to identify the ingredient, which can be done through manual selection on their screen, voice command or by scanning the barcode. Once the ingredients are identified, the app calculates the meal’s health profile, leveraging Nutritionix’s database of over 300,000 ingredients, which includes packaged products and large chain restaurant food.
Researchers Pioneer Technology To Control Heartbeat With Light
Oscar Abilez, a cardiovascular physician at Stanford Medical School, has been developing light-sensitive cardiac cells from stem cells that could one day be grafted onto a person’s heart. The cells contain proteins called opsins, which allow electrical signals to move through the cell when the light hits them. In a heart, these cells could allow doctors to control the heart’s electrical signal, and thus the heartbeat, painlessly and easily with a focused beam of light. So far they’ve been able to program heart cells to contract in response to a specific wavelength of blue light, and release in response to a yellow light. The new technology could replace current pacemakers, which require invasive surgery to implant and run the risk of battery failure.
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