What are biomedical wearables?
Biomedical wearables refer to autonomous wearable medical devices which monitor certain body parts in a bid to ensure proper functioning of these organs. They are generally small, light, and unobtrusive and they can be worn either as an accessory or embedded into a piece of clothing.
The rate of demand for biomedical wearables in the world today continues to soar because not only do they provide point-of-care services and unconfined medical monitoring, they also assist in the remote management of medical conditions for chronically ill patients, disabled people, and rehabilitating patients.
These devices are usually miniaturized and some are almost inconspicuous to the naked eye. However, we can’t go through them all. Hence, here’s an exposition on five of the smallest biomedical wearables we have around.
The UV Sense
Developed by Engineer Joh A. Rogers, a Northwestern University professor, and a renowned cosmetic company – L’Oréal, this sticker is believed to be the smallest biomedical wearable on the planet. It is waterproof, as small as a fingernail, and it has the weight of a feather.
Not only is the device devoid of any moving parts, it also lacks a battery. It is powered by the sun and it contains the world’s most sophisticated and accurate UV dosimeter. All you have to do is download the app and swipe your device across the sticker to get a reading on your sun-exposure regularly. The app also suggests less UV-intensive times for outdoor activities.
The PEM Wave is a safe and efficient biomedical treatment for pain. It is a natural non-invasive and high-quality wearable device that helps relieve stress, energizes the body, recovers body balance, improves overall health, and also boosts the circulation of blood in the body.
This biosensor patch monitors the vital signs, the movement, and the environmental condition of the wearer. This is in a bid to create a historical analysis of the user’s health status and possible health risks.
The device then sends the real-time feedback to the wearer’s mobile device and informs the appropriate authorities if/when the need arises.
This is a one-time use stick-on patch worn under the arm that monitors the temperature of the wearer, sending real-time data to a mobile device and giving alerts when the temperature exceeds the normal range.
With the aim of giving peace of mind to parents, the owlet uses pulse oximetry to measure the O2 levels and heartbeat of the child and provide real-time data and statistics via Bluetooth to the parents/guardians. The owlet is wrapped around an infant’s foot and is said to reduce crib hovering.
The future of biomedical wearables is a very promising one. Firstly, it promises to make life a whole lot easier and better. Also, it makes those who were once deprived of these luxuries enjoy it now without constraint. Biomedical wearables achieve these goals without sacrificing the ultimate aim of making healthcare readily accessible and, for this, it deserves some accolades!