by My Nguyen

July 6, 2016

Wearables rescue Epilepsy!

Research has shown that industrial nations have approximately 50 out of every 100,000 people develop epilepsy each year. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. There is no cure for epilepsy, however, there is medication to assist with outbreaks. Beyond medicine, WT | Wearable Technologies advices you to take advantages of new devices that can help control and reduce the threats of Epilepsy.

Neutun makes it easier to track and manage your life. It is an application that can be paired with you Pebble watch. It is able to provide an efficient software to run on existing smartwatches and wearable devices. The application will inform you when to take medication, as well as detects seizures to immediately notify family members or loved ones. Moreover, it will also notify the condition and location in case there is a medical emergency.

WINAM, a product of Neuropro, aims to deliver an early warning system for epilepsy patients. WINAM is a lightweight wireless headset, which is completely comfortable to wear for a long period. It sends EEG data to the cloud for real-time analysis. When abnormal activity precedes to an imminent seizure WINAM knows. An alert will be automatically sent to a mobile or online device.

Bioserenity presents the Neuronaute: a smart healthcare solution for the diagnosis and monitoring of epilepsy. The smart clothing equipped with biometric sensors that records physiological characteristics of Epilepsy patients. Data then is sent to an innovative smartphone app which processes and analyses data via Bluetooth. If there is a sign of a seizure identified, a warning can be triggered. Moreover, a cloud system allows depth analysis by doctors.

Cerbomed shares their product, NEMOS, to the world. NEMOS is another option for epilepsy patients. It consists of a stimulation unit and a dedicated ear electrode which patients wears like an ear-phone. The treatment with NEMOS is carried out autonomously by the patients. The recommended daily stimulation dose is 4 hours and should be reached daily. Users regulate and adapt the intensity of the stimulation according to their individual sensitivity, which can vary from day to day or even over the period of the therapy. Most treatment options for epilepsies (like pharmaceuticals, deep brain stimulation and invasive vagus nerve stimulation) are no acute treatments. This also applies for NEMOS. Even if you respond to therapy with NEMOS, the effect generally occurs with a latency of some weeks to a few months

Embrace can also be a solution for you. Besides it is able to monitor physiological stress, arousal, sleep and physical activity, it helps people who live with Epilepsy. Embrace looks simple on the outside but it’s an extremely complex device. With the help of accelerometers, gyroscope, electrodermal activity and temperature sensor, Embrace can easily discover seizures and send an alarm to other family’s members.

Inerventions is committed to creating opportunity for active moment and functional improvements to people who suffer from cerebral palsy, stroke, spinal cord injury and acquired brain damages in general with Mollii suit. Inerventions offer wearers training session where participants obtain increased understanding of the users’ neurological condition and the possibility of reducing symptoms. Among other things, the participants are taught manual manipulation to alleviate incorrect positions and assistance in stretching and various training programmes that can be combined with Mollii. The course includes practical exercises.

An effective seizure tracker can also improve safety because seizures can cause injuries as patients often fall and hurt themselves. Wearable devices above are able to help with medical research to better understand epilepsy. They do not take the place of regular doctor’s visits and are made to better treat it with huge data analytics.