Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) constitute one of the major public health challenges for development in the 21st century. Every year, 41 million deaths are attributable to NCDs, and of those, 15 million deaths are people aged between 30 and 69 years. In addition, NCDs are associated with considerable despondence, loss of quality of life and wellbeing and financial hardship. The burden of NCDs on health, society and development can be prevented by addressing modifiable behavioral risk factors of NCDs, such as physical inactivity. Let´s have a look at some innovative wearable tech companies that could help fighting against NCDs.
Bonbouton is an early stage technology company that is developing the world’s first graphene-sensor medical device—an easy-to-wear, easy-to-use smart insole with propriety graphene sensors that detects foot ulcers before they form in people living with diabetes. The continuous foot temperature monitoring system offers a remote readout, providing real-time notifications to the user, and a connected dashboard accessible to healthcare providers & caregivers. www.bonbouton.com
Swiss research and technology organisation CSEM has developed sensing technology for medical wearables. These cooperative devices work together to measure a large variety of physiological signals (e.g. multi-lead ECG, EIT or SpO2) in the highest-quality manner when at rest or in motion. They differ from existing sensing technology, thanks to a patented electronic circuit that enables them to be easily electrically connected, thereby simplifying their integration into wearables. www.csem.ch
FREE Walk by FREE Bionics is an exoskeleton device designed for people with lower limb weakness or paraplegia. It mimics the most natural human gait and helps people to stand up and walk again. With user-oriented technology and intelligent control, FREE Walk recognizes user’s intention by detecting posture changes to walk or stop at any time. With normal upper limb function, users can strap in and out of the device independently. www.freebionics.com.tw
Health Care Originals develops products for the management of chronic respiratory diseases. ADAMM, with its three-part solution comprising a wearable, smartphone app and web portal, will benefit the 300 million people globally who have asthma. ADAMM provides Intelligent Asthma Management —automating management, increasing adherence and identifying precursor symptoms much earlier – giving caregivers peace of mind and improving asthmatics’ quality of life. www.healthcareoriginals.com
Minttihealth has developed a smart stethoscope, Mintti iSteso, which is a specialized auxiliary device intended for medical diagnostic use in respiratory diseases such as pediatric pneumonia, child asthma, elderly bronchitis etc. www.minttihealth.com
Wearables can help to improve the life of people who are suffering from neurodegenerative disorders. Within the field of Parkinson’s disease, Sense4care is developing a Parkinson’s Holter including gait parameters and a fall detector. The embedded algorithms were trained with a database performed with Parkinson’s disease patients. The dataset was created by European hospitals with meticulous methods being the source of several algorithms for detecting Parkinsonian symptoms in home-environment conditions. www.sense4care.com