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.
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The consumer-oriented Basis B1 wrist band--expected to become available in 2012-- incorporates five sensors to provide a precise view of a person's health immediately and over extended periods of time. The device includes: an optical blood flow sensor that detects heart rate, through pulse or blood flow; a 3D accelerometer, a highly sensitive sensor that detects the smallest movements, regardless of whether users are alert and active or sleeping; a body temperature sensor to measure exertion during activity; an ambient temperature sensor to detect the outside temperature and compare it to body temperature to boost the accuracy of caloric burn calculations; and a galvanic skin response sensor to measure the intensity of sweat output.
Basis says the B1 multi-sensor band helps provide an "insightful picture of your health." The band can link to the wearer's personal Web dashboard so he can easily view performance, share data, and engage with other Basis B1 users.
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