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Sensory Wristwatch Detects Medical Emergencies Before They Happen

Posted By Sarah Parsons On April 21, 2010 @ 11:08 am In Accessories and Fashion,Design,Design for Health,Green Technology,Innovation | 1 Comment

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Imagine knowing you’re getting dehydrated before you collapse. Or receiving an alert that your blood sugar levels are dipping too low. Or for those with pacemakers, getting a warning that you’re venturing too close to an electromagnetic field. It may sound like science fiction, but a new wristwatch [2] provides continuous biofeedback, detecting medical problems before they become an emergency.

The Sensory Wristwatch [2] is being developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute [3], a research center based in Germany. The lab-on-a-chip watch essentially combines several biomarker sensors into one device. Researchers hope the watch could eventually be customized for individual patients based on the medical problems they are prone to. By providing continuous biofeedback, the watch could hopefully prevent medical emergencies from happening.

The Sensory Wristwatch [3] is still under development, but the technology seems really revolutionary. The only problem? The device doesn’t tell time.

+ Fraunhofer Institute [3]

Via Popular Science [2]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/21/sensory-wristwatch-detects-medical-emergencies-before-they-happen/sensory-wristwatch/

[2] a new wristwatch: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-04/biofeedback-watch-can-warn-you-impending-medical-emergency-it-occurs

[3] Fraunhofer Institute: http://www.fraunhofer.de/en/about-fraunhofer/

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