What if your future health had little to do with hospitals or doctors, but was instead linked to a smart device, or detectors in a smart home?
What if your home monitored your sleep, detected illness markers in your urine and a digital mirror noticed early warning signs in your eyes?
It might sound futuristic or like some sort of science fiction movie, but what if this was just around the corner?
Right now we are using Bluetooth for connections – with its fluctuating signals – but automated sensors are just around the corner. Sensors are already being built into smartphones and tablets and TVs. Car software can already be upgraded overnight and soon to follow will be showers, sinks, toilets and fridges, all able to communicate, store data in a cloud and communicate. Already there are something like 5 billion people using devices to connect, while there are more like 50 billion devices already talking to each other.
Already there are sensors that can be added to rooms to analyse air quality, temperature , noise, light and air pressure. And it can adjust based on your personalised information. Fitbits can already monitor your heart-rate and your sleep quality and there are toothbrushes that can tell you if you are dehydrated and reward you for brushing.
Smart homes could be a massive breakthrough for the elderly, connecting the occupants in a home into a warden or healthcare company. One healthcare company running a pilot in the US says they have had a 50% fewer emergencies since bringing in a monitoring system.
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