Dressing for Your Health

High-tech fashion can be the game changer in medicine by turning health-detector devices into wearable accessories. These devices could make health care more popular in people’s daily lives.

Article written by guest writer Rin Mitchell

What’s the Latest Development?

Tiny, wearable gadgets that monitor and record the data of the body’s weight, heart rate, activity levels and other vital signs can change the game in health care. Sonny Vu, co-founder of the medical-device company AgaMatrix, has already developed the first FDA-approved mobile attachment for Apple’s iPhone that acts as a sensor in detecting glucose levels. Vu believes this is one of the many devices that our bodies will harness to keep us up-to-date on what is going on with our health. Mobile devices are popular and will continue to gain popularity, so it makes sense to integrate it with the healthcare system. People can text, check Facebook and ensure that they have normal blood pressure because everything is readily available like the shirt on their back. 

What’s the Big Idea?

Invisibility will encourage people to wear computer devices that are necessary in maintaining their health by incorporating it into something they always wear or carry on a day-to-day basis: underwear, purse, wallet, cell, keys. Diabetics must carry a bulky glucose meter to help regulate their sugar levels. With a device that fits in with the everyday routine, it can make living with the disease easier.  

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