On Thursday, mHealthWatch learned that The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) has teamed with VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop, and the USC Roski Eye Institute to “take wearable health for the first time to the eyes.”
For now, we’re looking at a pilot study, the announcement today notes.
The study in question kicked off at an event on August 27 at USC. It will assess the users’ engagement with and feedback of the smartphone app synched to the embedded sensor in the first-of-its-kind prototype optical frame, LevelTM, created by The Shop.
The study comprised of USC employee daily eyeglass wearers has participants tracking a wearer’s steps, calories burned, distance traveled and activity time. The biometrics are tracked by technology seamlessly embedded in the temple of the frame – including an accelerometer, a magnetometer and a gyroscope – and synched wirelessly via Bluetooth to an accompanying smartphone app.
“USC Roski Eye Institute is the optometric care partner in the study having its ophthalmologists and optometrists at its USC clinics on the school’s main campus and health sciences campus perform the eye exams and ensure accurate prescriptions for the study participants,” the announcement explains.
“In this next phase of our continued collaboration with VSP we’re thrilled to be partnering with them to maximize the wearable sensor in eyeglasses by engaging wearers in improved health fueled by philanthropic endeavors,” said Leslie Saxon, MD, founder and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing. “We’re using the eyes as a window into the soul and the heart – it’s a testament to the power of digital tools to improve health and improve the world at the same time.”