Medical alert jewelry that communicates an individual’s health conditions have been around for years. While this type of jewelry is designed to assist first responders of health conditions such as diabetes, modern wearable mHealth technology is taking things one step further.
When some hear the words “mobile technology” they think of sophisticated devices such as the highly anticipated Apple iWatch. But many companies have been busy inventing less intricate wearable mHealth. This includes a yet to be released electronic bracelet developed by Clemson University and Dartmouth College called the Amulet bracelet.
The goal of their Amulet bracelet is to track and manage vital signs, overall fitness, and pressing health conditions. The Amulet bracelet will have all of the capabilities of a smartphone, but is first and foremost designed as wearable technology.
The National Science Foundation has granted Clemson and Dartmouth $1.5 million dollars to develop this innovative bracelet with the hopes that it will be more convenient than carrying both a cell phone and a mHealth device.
Amulet is not the only wearable mHealth technology developer in the world, and there are many other developments on the horizon such as contacts that read glucose levels in your tear ducts. In fact, the industry as a whole is slated to reach around 19.2 million by the end of 2014 and grow to at least $112 million by 2018.