An increase in this particular biometric is a good thing.
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Tiny fluctuations in the time between each beat of your heart can provide clues about how much stress your body is experiencing.
Smartwatches could provide an extra line of defence to help us keep COVID and other infectious diseases at bay. Here’s what the evidence says.
About one in five Aussies currently own a wearable fitness tracker of some kind. Yet many people doubt their effectiveness. Let’s see what the research suggests.
Wearable technology can help elite athletes, but sometimes too much data can be a problem.
The future of wearable technology holds limitless potential for elite athletes to optimize and enhance their athletic performance.
Wearable devices can help track the spread of COVID-19 in places where smartphone use isn’t possible.
The government of Ontario’s announcement of funding of a wearable contact tracking device for workplaces raises concerns about privacy and surveillance.
Wearables already monitor our physical health – is it time for them to track our mental health too?
Sleep trackers use an algorithm to estimate how much time you spent asleep based on body movements.
Despite the appeal of sleep trackers, they could cause unwanted anxiety for some.
In the not-too-distant future, tattoos could become medical diagnostic devices as well as body art.
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Researchers are developing tattoo inks that do more than make pretty colors. Some can sense chemicals, temperature and UV radiation, setting the stage for tattoos that diagnose health problems.
Fitness information from wearable devices can reveal when the body is fighting an infection.
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Fitness information like resting heart rate collected by wearable devices can’t diagnose diseases, but it can signal when something is wrong. That can be enough to prompt a COVID-19 test.
The watchdog has voiced concerns over the proposed US$2.1 billion merger, from which both users and Australian health services could lose out.
Maintaining social distancing is a challenge as workplaces reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they’re not all the same when it comes to privacy.
Tiny fuel cells convert sweat to electricity that can power sensors in electronic skin.
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Lightweight, flexible materials can be used to make health-monitoring wearable devices, but powering the devices is a challenge. Using fuel cells instead of batteries could make the difference.
From wearables with monitoring chips to face scanners that assess your contentment, workplace surveillance seems to be going in one direction.
Wearable fitness trackers have less accuracy when used in certain ways.
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A health informatics researcher explains why people don’t always get the ‘credit’ they think they should from using wearable fitness trackers.
It’s one of your body’s most basic vital signs.
Trying a new exercise routine? Strapping on a new wearable monitor? An expert in human physiology explains the ins and outs of your heart rate and why it’s a valuable number to understand.
Interactions between people and machines continue to increase.
Engineers predict a time when people and robots physically interact all day long. For that to happen safely will require new soft materials that can do things like sense touch and change shape.
Technology can help crime victims deal with the situation - but the best solution is to avoid people being victims in the first place.
The Rape-aXe ‘female condom’, anti-rape underwear and an anti-groping stamp are all now on the market. But they put the onus on women to protect themselves, rather than on men not to attack them.
Clara, keen as ever for some well-deserved attention.
It can be tough to train a dog – but mainly because humans are even more prone to distraction and inconsistency than our canine companions. Wearable technology might help us be a bit more consistent.
A smartphone that bends: one day soon this could be your flexible friend.
Making technology such as a new smartphone that can you can roll, fold and bend requires new ways to manufacture.
Currently only half of people with depression access potentially adequate treatment, according to one research study. Digital devices could help.
Using smartphones and wearable devices to identify mental health symptoms and deliver psychotherapy will allow more people to access quality care, according to one psychiatrist.