Monday, January 13, 2014

Will Wearable Tech Bring Humanity a 'Sixth Sense?'

Omegawave sensor and app 

An Omegawave EKG sensor and iPhone app that purports to measure readiness for a workout.

Could gadgets that measure brain waves and heart activity boost athletic and work performance, and perhaps even change the field of medicine?

A host of tech companies are betting on it. Wearable sensors are set to become a "sixth sense" for consumers, replacing subjective feelings about health and well-being with cold, hard data, experts explained at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Thursday (Jan. 9).

Whether these new sensors provide useful information to consumers is arguable; heart-rate monitors and fitness trackers already flood the market. But more sophisticated tools that measure the electrical activity of the heart — as opposed to just the pulse, for example — could have their uses, said Dr. Ragavendra Baliga, associate director of Ohio State Medical Center's Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. [Check Out the Best Fitness Trackers]

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