Medtech trends: Why 2015 will be the year of wearable health technology


I'm at that age where I have to keep an eye on my blood pressure. My doctor wants me to check it twice a day. Predictably, I often forget to do it. A wearable blood pressure sensor developed by researchers in Korea would solve this problem, and then some, by providing continuous monitoring.

Blood pressure varies significantly throughout the day and it would be ideal to measure it multiple times, but prevailing technologies make that impractical. Not so with a monitor that simply adheres to the skin, such as the one developed by researchers from Seoul National University and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute in Daejeon, which enables continuous monitoring without inconveniencing the user. The device is designed for clinical use and does not communicate with a smartphone or wearable device, but one can imagine that is coming.

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