The Week in Wearables May 22

Consumer Wearables

Stanford study released this week found 7 different wrist-based consumer wearables were fairly accurate in measuring heart rate, but terrible at measuring energy expenditure (calories burned). Not hugely surprising given most research in the area shows mixed results, the fact that almost every wearable device uses different inputs and formulas for measuring energy expenditure, and most importantly the massively diverse human population burns energy in different ways in different situations. Here.

Nokia and Apple settled patent litigation, Apple will resume carrying Nokia (formerly Withings) products in Apple stores, and most interestingly “Apple and Nokia are exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives.” Here.

Samsung revealed a bendable, stretchable display that could stretch as much as 12mm that has potential to create new wearable form factors and use cases. Here.

Medical Wearables

Graphene-based wearable device has been shown by researchers to detect inflammation in lungs demonstrating potential to monitor and manage asthma. Measuring biomarkers in exhaled breath condensate — tiny liquid droplets discharged during breathing — can contribute to understanding asthma at the molecular level and lead to targeted treatment and better disease management. Here.

Good perspective from Wired Magazine on the many challenges the FDA has in regulating accelerating technology development and commercialization in health and medical devices. Here.

A wrist-based pulse-oximeter has received FDA 510K clearance to measure SpO2 and pulse rate. Unique because it uses optical technology, similar to many consumer wearables, to measure SpO2. Here.

Useful map of the medical technology ecosystem. Here.


HealthMine survey with some interesting data points.
– 83% of consumers say they use digital health tools, but only 22% of health plans are utilizing the digital health data to give guidance.
– 52% of consumers with chronic conditions hear from their health plan just once per year or less about their disease
– More here.

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