10 Wearable Devices To Keep Patients Healthy
May 16, 2012 09:00 AM Wearable devices equipped with sensors, Web connections, or both, help consumers and healthcare providers track health and fitness. Take a look at what's possible now.
Nike FuelBand, a fitness monitoring wristband, captures and displays four different metrics: time, calories, steps, and "NikeFuel," a metric coined by Nike that measures the user's physical activity. NikeFuel is a proprietary technology that measures activity through the movement of the user's wrist and uses algorithms based on oxygen kinetics. Unlike calorie counts, which vary based on gender and body type, NikeFuel is "a normalized score that awards all participants equal scoring for the same activity regardless of their physical makeup," said the company. Nike FuelBand users also can choose to also receive a calorie count to understand how many calories are burned versus how much NikeFuel is earned.
The wrist band can sync with Nike's website through a built-in USB port, or wirelessly through Bluetooth to a free iPhone app to record the user's activity each day and track progress.