Microsoft is designing a “smart bra” that will monitor women’s health by tracking their heart rate, her emotional state, whether or not she is over-eating and more.
Sensors in the bra detect when the wearer is bored, stressed or discouraged and send a warning signal to the woman’s smartphone that she should caution from making bad food choices.
In a paper entitled, “Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating” was the collaborative effort of 5 researchers from Microsoft.
The paper indicates: “First, we needed a form factor that would be comfortable when worn for long durations. The bra form factor was ideal because it allowed us to collect (electrocardiogram data) near the heart.”
Study participants wore the bra for 4 days. Their vitals were monitored with an electrocardiogram (EKG) sensor under the arm; as well as electrodermal activity to measure perspiration.
Although the sensors needed to be charged every 4 hours, they successfully monitored the wearer’s emotional state.
An anonymous spokesperson for Microsoft was quoted as saying: “The bra sensing system is just one instance of a class of work from a group of Microsoft researchers that is focused on the broader topic of affective computing, or designing devices and services that are sensitive to people’s moods and react accordingly. While we will continue our research in affective computing, Microsoft has no plans to develop a bra with sensors.”
Apple will release the iWatch in 2014, according to Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. They are cultivating investors for the project.
It is expected that the iWatch will have a GF2 touchscreen and specialized patented curved batteries.
The biometric feature that will be integrated into the iWatch is expected to pave the way for healthcare hardware advancements.
Wearable tracking technology is proposed at the next trendy item that will be popular among the general masses.
The development of this “smart watch” is the envy of tech-corporations such as Google, Samsung, LG and Microsoft.
Kuo asserts that the “secure user identification mechanism” and “biometric functionality” will be the most brandable feature to help sell this product.
Lambda Labs are developing a facial recognition app for Google Glass users.
The success of the beta-test in 2012 brought together an international initiative for a common goal: to create a biometric control that would become a trendy addition to Google Glass.
The app will remember your friend’s face, find your friend in a crowd, match “interesting” potential persons for networking purposes, highlight “intelligence contacts” and more.
However, Google Glass is expected to be fitted with technology that will allow the user to take a picture of a person and use their biometric information to collect personal data on them nearly instantaneously. While the app has yet to manifest, users of Google+ are subject to facial recognition software online.
Using a platform created for doctors wanting to monitor patients remotely, the MedRef for Glass app gives the user access to instant information.
Mobile Biometric (MOBIO) hopes to “develop new mobile services secured by biometric authentication means. Scientific and technical objectives include robust-to-illumination face authentication, robust-to-noise speaker authentication, joint bi-modal authentication, model adaptation and scalability.”
One of their goals is to promote facial recognition apps to the public to generate “consumer acceptance”.