Bluetooth biosensing wristwatch monitors heart rate, activity and
25 July 2006
LLC, has launched a Bluetooth-enabled biosensor wristwatch service in the
USA for monitoring the heart rate, activity and emotions of the elderly to
aid in their care.
The Exmocare wristwatch monitors its wearer's pulse, heart rate
variability and skin conductance. It also monitors the subject's level of
activity via a built-in accelerometer to determine whether the subject is
active, inactive or sedentary.
It can be used for rudimentary assessments
of up to 10 different emotional states, including when its elderly wearer is
relaxed, upbeat, worried, agitated, etc. The company says that emotional
data is based upon established algorithms and calculations relied upon in
the fields of neuropsychology and biofeedback, and in its internal testing
has yielded results with a only a 25% margin of error.
David Bychkov said: "Exmocare enables elderly people to live, travel and
even drive on their own, with their families or loved ones having the
additional comfort level of receiving nearly real-time data about their
heart-rate, activity and emotions. Exmocare families can worry less, because
our wristwatch system will help let them know early, possibly before being
informed by home care specialists, if something's out of the ordinary with
their loved one."
"Obviously there are enormous applications for
government agencies to take advantage of," said Cheyenne Crow, Exmovere VP
for Government Services. "Exmocare will help increase the comfort of
veterans and wounded soldiers, as well as their families, worldwide."
wristwatch includes Windows, Windows Mobile and/or Pocket PC compatible
software. It processes user-configured alerts to families and care providers
by SMS, email and/or instant messenger. Easy-to-interpret taskbar emoticons
and graphs at each care provider account display changes in the wearer's
emotional and physical activity.
The company stresses that the Exmocare
wrist watch is not a medical device, but when used as intended can assist
families desiring additional monitoring of their elderly relatives, to
augment doctor-recommended home care.