Wearable Technology V. Experimental Smart Watch Applications

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Wearable Technolgy V. Experimental Smart Watch Applications by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

In the final portion of his presentation on wearable technology, Prof. Mandokiya described some experimental uses of smart shoes and smart watches to help physicans who are prescribing an incremental walking program after vascular surgery for patients with peripheral artery disease.

His Wearable Biosensing Laboratry team is comparing shoe and watch systems for precise tracking.  

Audience questions led to an invitation for Longevity Explorers to volunteer for upcoming studies, and the Providence Circle planned to circulate information to recruit local volunteers.

A final audience question asked, "In our lifetime, are we going to get smart watches that do more to help older people?" Several members of the audience, as well as Dr. Mandokiya, reported hopefully on the use of smart watches to detect falls and notify emergency personnel.  

He did caution that liability issues do present significant challenges for medical applications of wearable technology -- hospitals, doctors, and the FDA all have their own concerns. However, his own work is a fine illustration of the determined pursuit of better uses of technology through the slow and painstaking research process necessary to achieve those ends.


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