The key components of a well-designed wearable: Sense, analyze, act

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Emporer Nero medical devices wearable

Bust of Nero at Rome’s Capitoline Museum [Image by cjh1452000 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0]

One of the earliest uses of a wearable technology was recorded during Emperor Nero’s rule over the Roman Empire from AD 54 to 68. A brutal leader, the emperor enjoyed watching his gladiators fight  in crowded stadiums. As Nero watched his fighters battle, he was confronted with a problem – the glaring sun made it difficult to see. He was fashioned a pair of spectacles made out of a polished green gem to protect his eyes and to make it easier to watch the bloody fights unfold.

Fast forward to modern day and wearables look a lot different. From the FitBit to smart watches, wearables and digital health are ushering in an era of big data and personalized solutions to health problems.

Even though wearable technology has changed dramatically since Nero’s time, Lux Research analyst Noa Ghersin said at last month’s Medical Sensor Design Conference that the essence of a wearable device remains the same.

“Whether it has to do with augmenting our eyesight or augmenting our clinical decision making, the idea really was to augment the human,” she said.

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DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

textadimage Medical device suppliers are light years away from the days when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs – as a visit to the upcoming DeviceTalks West will quickly confirm.

From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts in their own right.

Read on to discover five example of medical device expertise to be had at DeviceTalks West, which runs Dec. 11–12 in Orange County, Calif.

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