Allergies are on the rise all over the world. Research from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America shows that food allergies cause about 200,000 emergency visits each year. Moreover, according to Allergy UK, there are approximately 21 million adults being affected. What if there was a way for allergic patients to test food or the air easily and quickly. It sounds ambitious, but there are wearables which are sensitive and smart enough to trace amount of offending allergens in our food and the air.
Allergy Amulet is a necklace, bracelet or device that can detect food allergy. It aims to provide additional information to the consumer about the food they are about to eat. Chemistry-based strips are stored in the Amulet. The technology is sensitive enough to detect allergen level down to part per trillion. However, the strips can only test a representative sample, therefore, there is always a chance that the tech can’t detect all the allergens. As a result, Allergy Amulet would rather be an extra line defence rather than the last word in allergen detection.
TZOA is the world most advanced Enviro-Tracker. It uses internal sensors to measure your air quality, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light and UV (sun) exposure all in one wearable device. Along with TZOA you will be helping to create a map of environment. Moreover, the air quality sensor counts individual particles, displays concentrations, and distinguishes between PM10, which tends to be allergens and PM2.5 which is more harmful to human life.
Aibi is a design concept that consists of a redesigned epinephrine auto – injector that is more portable and easier to use. Aibi is a wearable for kids to determine allergic reactions and a medical emergencies alert system to delegate adults to take action in the case of emergency situation. Aibi helps children with allergies monitor their condition and alerts the onset of an allergic reaction to caregivers to ensure a timely response.
Google contact lens
Google smart contact lens also offer something similar. The patent states that the lenses can sense any number of biological, chemical and microbiological features in an environment including levels of allergens. Therefore, the lens can warn you about a number of allergens floating around the air like pollen, pet dander and dust mice.
Allergies can kill. A miracle allergy cue for every scenario is still elusive. Fortunately, the appearance of wearables bring high hopes to save the life of allergic people and prevent future tragedies.