MIT‘s Media Lab is without question one of the hot spots for research and pioneering wearable technologies since it’s very early stage. No wonder that many of the innovative companies in this field are coming directly out of their laboratories.
One of the latest start-up company in the wearable technology field is Affectiva, a Waltham-based company that will make wearable sensors for people with autism, planning to commercialize the iCalm concept developed by the Media Lab in their first product called ‘Q’, a textile wristband with built-in bio-sensors.
The sensors measuring skin conductivity to get a handle on what is happening with the wearer’s emotions and transmit wirelessly the data to a computer for data visualization and recording.
The wearable, wireless sensor platform allows comfortable, long-term sensing of physiological information coupled with low-cost connectivity to consumer devices including mobile phones and the laptop.
Possible applications for the wearable bio sensor include health monitoring for outpatients or elderly, communication of affective information for people who are non-speaking or otherwise interested in sharing this information, education for individuals who want to learn about their own internal physiological changes during daily life and will be very useful for people with autism, their parents, and the therapists who work with them.
[via: Boston Globe]