Wearables may not be dazzling us just yet with half-baked smartwatches and fitness trackers obsessed with 10,000 steps per day – but it’s not all doom and gloom.
There are some brilliant wearables out there – the unsung heroes of the industry that, instead of encouraging you to stand up every hour, or delivering obscene WhatsApp messages to your wrists, they are saving lives.
We were lucky enough to get an insight into these medical wonders at the Wearable Technology Show in London, and here are four of our favorites.
Biolight Pulse Oximeter
Your pulse may seem like a pretty basic attribute to monitor, and with many smartwatches and fitness trackers boasting heart rate monitors these days, you probably think you’re already covered.
The thing is, they’re not medically proven and have questionable accuracy. If you want to get an official reading you’ll need to head to the doctors. Not with the Biolight Pulse Oximeter.
This inexpensive (around US$18), lightweight and pocketable finger scanner accurately measures both your heart rate and blood oxygen level, beaming the results to an app on your phone via Bluetooth.
The app is available on iOS and Android, and the results can easily be shared with a family member, caregiver or doctor without them needing to be in the same location – allowing action to be taken quickly if required.