All things wireless for clinical support, including handhelds and medical cell phones, wireless monitoring, camera phones, or anything else that supports the digital lifestyle of the mobile professional
Looks like the iPod Nano is now being configured as a wireless monitor to track your workouts.
From a story today in the WSJ, "When Nike Met iPod":
Apple Computer Inc. and
Nike Inc. yesterday said they have teamed up to create a wireless system that
connects Apple's iPod nano digital music player to certain Nike-compatible
sneakers. Using a small sensor that's inserted into the sole of a new Nike
running shoe -- the $100 Air Zoom Moire -- the system lets runners record the
distance, time, pace and calories burned during each workout. Nike is also
rolling out workout clothes that are made to carry iPods, and other compatible
shoes will be launched later in the summer.
The is following the trend of using the must have/must carry handhelds (usually cell phones) as wireless monitors for either chronic disease or health maintenance purposes. But, in this case there will be tie-ins as the apparel mentioned above, and i-Tunes will be offering the musical workout routines of such sports luminaries as Alberto Salazar or Lance Armstrong.
The next step (all start-ups listen up), is to have the device interface with a database that will record your workouts and be able to show trends over time. Also, you could have your wireless monitor interface with your favorites treadmill or Nautilus machine.
The great thing about the Nano is that it uses flash memory instead of a hard drive, so it can take the jolts and knocks associated with vigorous exercise or dropping it on the ground. Also, there are not too many smart phones that are sweat resistant.
I'll have to talk with the folks at BodyMedia to see if they have anything in the works similar to this.
Wish I had time to elaborate on this story about the proposed .mobi domain name which will identify those sites which are optimized for the smartphone browsers, but I'm running at high speed today. You can check out this WSJ story that's been slashdotted (Is this verb in the dictionary yet?).
The Bluetooth SIG today announced
the formation of a Medical Devices Working Group. This team,
made up of 19 member companies including IBM, Intel, Motorola, Nonin Medical, Philips Electronics and Welch Allyn, will work together to create
and ratify a Bluetooth Medical Device Profile that will expand the use of
Bluetooth technology into the medical, health and fitness markets. The new
profile will ensure a comprehensive, yet easy, user experience and
optimized interoperability between health-related devices and personal
consumer electronics products such as mobile phones, PCs and PDAs where
Bluetooth technology is already common.
If you're upgrading from a Treo 650, you're eligible for a $150 rebate. You have to send your phone to Palm, and they'll check to see if it's in working condition. It might be a better bet to put the Treo 650 on Ebay once you receive your new 700p.
system includes the Cardiac Rhythm Management industry's first and only
wireless weight scale, wireless blood pressure cuff and monitoring of patient
symptoms. It is also the industry's only system that provides automatic
alerting to physicians of heart failure conditions using a wireless weight
scale. An abrupt change in weight could indicate worsening heart failure.
The first study, DECODE, will evaluate the data produced by LATITUDE and RENEWAL 3 RF (an implanted wireless-enabled cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator [CRT-D]). It is believed that such monitoring will result in better management of heart failure patients resulting in fewer hospitalizations.
The second study:
RAPID-RF is a multi-center, prospective
registry investigating physician and patient responses to notifications
automatically transmitted from the patient's home via LATITUDE Active
Wireless IQ fills in some of the details about these products, including, "RENEWAL 3 RF telemetry
operates on the Industrial, Scientific, Medical (ISM) band without interference
from cell phones and other commonly used radio frequency devices."
NB: For each of the tags that I create for the Wikipedia, if there is not article relating to this heading, I'll just go ahead and write a short piece as a start. Eventually, all of my tags with have articles associated with them. Over time, I (and let's hope others) will add to these articles.
When I got there about 5:30pm, I had to wait in line for 15 minutes to enter. I made it for the very last drawing for a macbook. They did 24 drawings each hour. It's spacious enough to try out the products, and enough help to answer questions, but that's it. There's nothing special to see there unless you're in the market for an Apple product. It's not like a book store where you could browse for something new while you're sipping a latte.
I thought that I'd try out the YouTube.com service. The embedded player is below. This company is supposedly laying out >$1 million/month to host this free service. There's no clear idea on how it will make a profit at this burn rate.