by Matthias Neuner

December 28, 2016

Wearables that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution: Smoking, fitness…

As we come to the end of 2016 and prepare to start the new year, it’s always a good time to think about how we want 2017 to be better. Every year we want to achieve our New Year´s resolutions but often fail to do so. Thanks to the power of wearable technology perhaps we can change this. In the foreground our New Year´s resolutions are losing weight, eating healthier or to stop smoking and drinking, but nearly every year we forget or don´t manage it. Therefore we now have plenty of awesome wearable devices and apps to help achieve our goals. So let WT | Wearable Technologies introduce you to some interesting solutions.

Responsible drinking with BACtrack

BACtrack Skyn is a wearable device that is worn on the wrist and offers continuous, real time and non-invasive monitoring of a your TAC (Transdermal Alcohol Content). Alcohol is detected and measured with transdermal monitoring, which tracks the ethanol molecules escaping through the skin. TAC samples are then converted into a history of a user’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) with BACtrack’s proprietary algorithm. BACtrack Skyn uses an electrochemical sensor and connects via Bluetooth to an app on a user’s smartphone. When you open the app you get your estimated Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in seconds. It helps people monitor their blood alcohol content and make informed decisions about alcohol consumption. You can compare your perception to actual numbers, and see whether your guesses get better over time. Allows you to track and attach notes or photos to your results. What you drank and ate, who you were with, and how you felt; personalize results to make more meaningful.

Getting fit with UA HealthCare Box

UA HealthCare Box from HTC is the world’s first connected fitness system on the market. The Box includes a Band, a Scale, a Heart Rate strap and a special app called UA Record and is especially created to measure, monitor and manage all the factors that are important to your health. The UA Band measures sleep, resting heart rate, steps and even workout intensity when worn with UA Heart Rate strap. The step counter tracks steps and records your daily step goal while the sleep monitor uses resting heart rate to measure your sleep duration and quality. With UA Scale you can see all of your results. It estimates body fat via conductive paint on top of its glass and recognizes up to eight users individually, syncing results over Wi-Fi. It also tracks your body weight, body fat percentage, and progress towards your weight goal. The included Bluetooth heart-rate strap, is added for extra accuracy during workouts. You can track heart rate, heart rate zone and workout intensity by connecting it with UA Record, which automatically uploads and analyses your data. UA Record App collects your data and provides a 24/7 view of your progress.

Stop smoking with Chrono Therapeutics

Chrono is the first nicotine replacement therapy to solve the morning craving by providing support before the craving strikes. The delivery device is lightweight, comfortable and discreet and is worn overnight and programmed to the quitter’s wake up time. It starts delivering nicotine before the user wakes up. Throughout the rest of the day, it reduces the cravings step by step. By establishing a regular pattern of bedtime cartridge changes and measuring the quitter’s daily use of the device, the platform collects continuous data on the quitter’s adherence to the cessation program, which can be used to inform the quitter’s care team and further tailor treatment. The smoking cessation program takes place over 10 weeks and is a step down program. The nicotine delivery device makes stepping down simple by color-coding the level of nicotine and matching that to the quitter’s progress charts in the paired behavioral support mobile application. Bluetooth communication between the device and smartphone means that data is always there when it’s needed and the system can provide timely, personalized reminders to help the quitter stay on track.

Improve eating habits with BiteBite

BiteBite helps people eat healthier and lose weight with a revolutionary wearable device meant to track, analyze and change the way we eat. The BitBite ear clip is worn in the ear every time you eat and contains a microphone and additional sensors that record and perform initial processing of the incoming sounds. It monitors eating patterns by analyzing chewing sounds via microphones available in off-the-shelf headset devices. BitBite knows when, where, what and how the user is eating. Analysis of this data allows to send real-time dietary advice on how to eat healthier. They also offer a special smartphone app which is the gateway between the ear clip and the cloud, reporting essential diet information and feedback to the user. BitBite Cloud is a cloud-based server for processing and analyzing the user’s data including the sounds of consumption, analyzing eating habits, and triggering real-time data. When you slow down, chew more and eat at regular intervals you’ll be improving your nutrition, feel better and shed those extra pounds.

So as you see we can use the power of wearable technology to achieve our goals for the next year. These four devices can help us to lose weight by doing sports, eat healthier and to stop smoking. So have a good and healthy 2017.