What comes to mind when you think about wearables? People usually associated wearable with fitness trackers, those little smart gadgets that monitor our heart rate and calories each time we work out. However, wearable can be adapted to monitor other physiological parameters such as blood sugar, oxygen saturation, and certain markers that can hint to a disease.
Dr. Michael Snyder, a geneticist and the lead researcher of new Stanford University project, declared that future smart wearables would be able to pick up the early signs of a disease even before the patients starts exhibiting the first symptoms.
Although today’s wearables can only measure a limited number of body parameters such as burnt calories, heart rate, and the number of steps taken per day, future devices will be able to keep close tabs on stuff such as oxygen saturation levels, sleep patterns, and others.
Dr. Snyder of Stanford University is also the leading scientist of a study focused on creating more intelligent wearable devices. Moreover, Snyder was also one of the people who volunteered to try out one of the enhanced monitors created by him and his team of medical researchers.
The results are truly astounding. After wearing a monitor for some time, Snyder discovered that he might have Lyme disease. The geneticist said that the tiny monitor starting showing abnormal reading after one of his trips by plane.
By the time he got off the plane, the monitor had begun to indicate the telltale signs of Lyme disease. Snyder declared he was purely amazed by the fact that he did not feel any different despite the monitor telling him his sick.
Following Snyder’s success, his team went on to test the device on more volunteers. For the duration of the study, all participants were asked to wear the monitor 24 hours a day and to fill in some questionnaires at regular intervals.
By the time the study over, the team managed to collect over 250,000 measurements per day from each participant. Snyder and his team declared that although the wearables currently sold on the market have limited functions, in the nearby futures, wearable devices will become smarter and more reliant when it comes to diagnosing illnesses.
In a jesting manner, Snyder compared the future wearables with a car’s dashboard, saying these monitors will light up just like the lights on the dashboard if the devices detect abnormal body activity.
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