In the battle of wearable devices for digital health at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, it’s sleep that’s the #1 new extension on activity tracking. Sleep, or lack thereof, is a prevalent challenge for people who increasingly live electronic lifestyles on-the-grid. And, lack of sleep is a major health risk for obesity, heart conditions, and mental acuity. A new Swedish study published in the peer-reviewed journal Sleep has found that sleep protects brain health.
With the demise of the dedicated sleep device Zeo in 2013, popular sleep trackers with market shares have the opportunity to add sleep functions to their tools. Sensors in health care are following Moore’s Law – they’re getting smaller and cheaper, and more of them can fit on one device in each year since the first Fitbit entered the market in 2008.
Today, consumers want more functionality out of a single device, as learned in a 2013 Accenture survey on consumer electronics. See Making Sense Out of Sensors in Health from the California HealthCare Foundation for more on the emerging role of sensors in helping people manage chronic conditions.
Via Parag Vora