Heart rate monitors form a core part of the global market of self-care medical devices. These devices have traditionally been used by patients suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes or blood pressure issues, or been applied by athletes in order to improve their performance. The field of self-monitoring is broadening and devices are flooding into the consumer goods industry in the form of wearable electronics. They have come a long way from being gimmicky wristwatches that do not really do what they advertise, to high tech gadgets that mark your vital measurements down to the T. Helping companies make the perfect self-care measurement devices are teams of researchers that work endlessly in improving the materials, designs, and functionalities of smart wear, wearable technology, and monitoring medical devices. Here are some of the coolest improvements in heart rate monitoring that have happened in the recent past.
Best Trends in Heart Rate Monitoring
- Mio Global’s PAI: the personal activity intelligence system introduced by the major wearable tech manufacturer Mio is expected to be something to look out for. It incorporates most of the aspects that you need when it comes to vital measurements while working out and sends you relevant data on what you should and should not be doing at the time. It essentially combines the heart rate information and the user’s personal information into a single rating or score and gives the user advice based on this score.
- Low Power Heart Monitors: Two of the leading companies in sensory technology and microcontrollers, Ambiq Micro and PixArt Imaging Inc., have teamed up to unveil what they claim to be the next generation of wearable tech. These will be devices that have an extremely low power consumption rate while still providing sharp and accurate measurements of vitals.
- Electronic Skin for Monitors: A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo are working on something that they call a protective layer that is highly flexible and extremely thin, which can be placed right above the human skin. This can allow electronics manufacturers to create display units that can be attached on the skin, while the protective layer is stuck on top of it.