Clothing, watches and what’s under your skin

Three from GizMag:

click to enlargeHealth tracking may be finding an inexpensive home in your phone–but what about those clonky bracelets, clipons and pendants? Why not integrate sensors into wearables? The next generation is in development, as seen at the Wearable Technologies conference and the Innovation World Cup in Munich: Heapsylon Sensoria Fitness socks which not only tracks steps but also gait technique; the Fraunhofer Institute’s FitnessSHIRT from Germany; Kolon Heatex heat-generating fabric from South Korea; AiQ BioMan Fabric for a wide variety of monitoring from Taiwan and (my favorite) the T.Ware T.Jacket from Singapore that gives you a hug.

click to enlargeSamsung may call the new S4 a ‘life companion’ but they are working on a Life Companion watch to match the Apple Watch rumored for end of 2013. But why this prototype looks clonky and not sleek…doesn’t incorporate Samsung’s bendable phone tech as debuted at CES….and compared to the rumored Apple Watch depicted in the article? Red herring? Samsung confirms it’s making a smart watch

click to enlargeThe heck with the clothing and watches, implant it! A blood-testing laboratory in a 14 mm long implant is being tested to measure up to five proteins and organic acids at once, such as lactate, glucose, or Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It provides monitoring that serves to tailor oncology medications or chronic conditions. The signal is transmitted first to a patch then a phone or computer. Drawback is that at present it only lasts one month. Researched at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Tiny, personal blood testing laboratory gets under your skin

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