stay perfectly hydrated with gatorade gx…

Gatorade introduced a prototype product it’s calling “Gatorade Gx”. It’s a combination of a patch you wear while working out, training, or whatever you call your physical/athletic activity, and a connected water bottle. It basically monitors how you’re sweating as you train, “capturing fluid, electrolyte, and sodium loss”.  Based on this, it lets you know when you should drink more, and if what you should drink is something specific based on your unique needs. That something specific being a “Pod” that has certain formula of electrolytes or nutrients you are losing as you sweat (your “electrolyte and carbohydrate needs”).

Why it’s hot:

As we see more uses of technologies like AI, biometrics, and connected sensors, products and services are becoming ultra personal. This is a personal hydration coach, filling a knowledge gap that otherwise only cues from your body might indicate you need. We should be keeping an eye on how brands are taking the old idea of “personalization” to its truest form, creating new ways to give them more than just a basic product or service.


Cameras in the body. (Get my good side!)

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There have been several Sci-fi movies over time that tell the story of people being shrunken down to then ride the blood stream and fix some horrific problem someone is suffering from. Well, forget shrinking people, the healthcare industry device manufacturers and many small start-ups have started an upward swing in using micro-cameras and sensors to help play the first line of defense in detecting diseases.

Examples? Sensors that are either ingested or inserted under the skin that can detect breast cancer, COPD, sight degeneration: that is just a sample of the Gold Rush to get a sensor or camera in your body.

One camera, created in Scotland, is using infrared to detect cancer growths in certain parts of the body. Said research associate Dr. Mohammed Al-Rawhani, in a university news release:  “The system could also be used to help track antibodies used to label cancer in the human body, creating a new way to detect of cancer.”

As of today, the FDA approved PillCam COLON2 (you really have to wonder who picks these names) which will be used for hi-risk colorectal cancer patients, a disease which is the 2nd biggest killer in the U.S.

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Why is this hot? For two reasons: first, it is a sign that the reliance on technology is changing the observational role of the doctor — they are trained to watch your every gesture, emotions, words, all weighed against experience and intuition to lead a doctor down the detective path to a diagnosis. Sensors and cameras start to make them health technologists. Second, this will also enable to get ahead of many diseases, not behind. Don’t we all secretly, in some dark moment, wonder if a tumor is growing somewhere in your body, unknown and lurking?  That fear and the thousand shadows of uncertainty will be gone in a decade or less.

Wearable Sensor Technology Helps Keep Students Safe on College Campuses

Whether you are on a college campus or on the streets of NYC, when walking home alone after a night out we must all take extra safety precautions to keep ourselves out of harms way. It has been shown recently that sexual violence on campus has reached all-time high levels, so in response to this epidemic, a new app called MrGabriel has been developed bringing safety to its users by using wearable sensor technology with machine learning and real-time data.

When wearing or using the Apple Watch or iPhone, MrGabriel monitors all sudden moves or change of pace that could be interpreted as signs of danger. If these seem irregular, the app sends a user message asking if they are OK and if they do not respond or dismiss the message, that triggers an alert in the form of an SMS to the three of the users chosen friends or family members called “angels.” The SMS (chosen because it has the strongest signal instead of internet connection) relays the message that their friend needs help, and provides them with their exact location, time of the alert and the user’s phone number to call immediately. The location is updated every 10 seconds or every yard until the user cancels the alert from the device. Instead of calling 911 immediately, friends/family were chosen to be the point of contact in case there are errors or accidental dismissals of the confirmation screen.


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Why It’s Hot

There have been other apps similar to this,like Guardian and Stiletto, but they all focus on manual activation which isn’t as effective when someone is in real danger. MrGabriel focuses on sensors and artificial intelligence to determine changes in behavior that trigger an alert as opposed to manual activation, making it much more practical and useful. With the technology we have it is important that we do everything we can do keep ourselves, family and friends safe. I think this could help keep people more safe and prevent more tragedies from occurring.

Read more about MrGabriel here.

Google Opens Nest API To Control Home Devices

Nest Labs, recently acquired by Google and maker of internet connected thermostats and smoke detectors, has opened its software to third-party developers.  This will now allow outside developers to build applications around the Nest’s existing product line of “internet of things.”

Why It’s Hot:

Nest has established early partnerships with the likes of Jawbone, Whirlpool, Mercedes-Benz, IFTT, and Logitech.  All of these partners have released new Nest-compatible features that fully integrate with the Nest products.

According to the company, you can, for example, have your connected light bulbs flash red as a warning when your smoke detector senses smoke or carbon monoxide.  Or you can have your Mercedes communicate to your thermostat when you will be home so it can turn on the AC before you arrive.

“This API program is about more than just basic control,” Nest representative says. “It is more about customer experiences and making them better in the home.”

The program could provide the fabric needed to connect home devices in smarter ways.  The Nest API could become the “go to” operating system for an extremely broad range of devices.

The API will release to the public in early 2014.

Smart cushion tells you when to stand up!

Darma has just introduced a smart cushion designed to measure how long you’ve been sitting, your posture, and your stress levels.  It also monitors heart rate and respiration. Controlled through a smartphone app, the cushion has built-in sensors that monitor your body and movements while sitting and reports them via an app (only available on iOS for now).

The cushion provides stand-up reminders, posture alerts and stretching guidance to relieve back pain. Unlike sensors that are attached to the body, two 1-mm sensors are embedded within the cushion to measure body micro-movements, such as when you are slouching or sitting too long.  So when you have a stressful assignment that causes you to sit for hours at your computer, hunch over your computer screen, and cause your heart rate to increase, Darma will alert you to stand up, take a breather and relax before getting back to work.

 Why Its Hot

Darma is a great example of technology designed to improve your health.  But whereas other examples involve wearable clothes, sensors attached to skin or bracelets around your wrist, Darma is strictly hands off, unobtrusive and easy to use.  And that will certainly lower the barriers to its being adopted for offices and at home.

Smartcup Arrives

Imagine the cup you are drinking your beer from tell you that your alcohol intake has exceeded safe levels and urges you to reconsider?

That is what the Vessyl “smart cup” can do. This 13-ounce cup is fitted with a sensor that analyzes the molecular content of drinks in real time. It then displays selected nutritional information on the drink such as sugar or alcohol content.

Inventor and CEO of the parent company Mark One, Justin Lee, says the Vessyl is now available for pre-orders.

The cup can be synced to a smartphone, and in a matter of seconds can recognize a specific brand of smoothie, for example, and determine the exact flavor. In addition, as an example, it can then provide the sugar and caloric content of the smoothie.

Of course, beyond determining alcohol content, the cup can be used for people who are counting calories to try to lose weight. Or someone who is trying to build more muscle may be most interested in the protein content of the beverage. Caffeine consumption is another application. The device can be set to multiple “lenses” to meet a variety of needs.

Lee hopes that the cup will join and be used with existing and emerging health technologies that record heart rate, BMI, etc.

The Vessyl has a lot of backing, with leading innovators at Google and Apple among its admirers. Its ease-of-use design was developed in collaboration with award-winning designer Yves Behar, the creator of Jawbone.

Why It’s Hot

There is a medical imperative behind the Vessyl. Soft drinks are increasingly identified by health organizations as a leading cause of obesity. There are other products in development for analyzing food, but none may be as user friendly as the Vessyl cup.