Tech That Does Your Body Good
When computers and the human body meet, great things can happen. That seems to be the ethos of tech entrepreneurs Hosain Rahman of Jawbone and Tan Lee of Emotiv, who work on extra-sensory reception.
Rahman spoke to Spencer Reiss of Wired about his company’s latest release, the health monitoring wristband “Up”, unveiled last November. As people move towards a more “quantified self” way of life, in which information about their bodies and their health becomes more and more desirable, Jawbone works to make gadgets that are beautiful and worth wearing.
The smartphone is now at the center of one’s digital life, said Rahman, and so their product is one that is controlled by a smartphone.
In an age of cloud computing and data mining, information about a person’s health can not only help people monitor their own health, but prevent brain illnesses, said Tan Lee, head of Emotiv.
Her company has launched a portable, more affordable version of an Electroencephalograph (EEG), which looks more like a DJ’s headphones than brain scanning technology. The devices already have a presence in over 90 countries.
The idea would be to compile a large-enough database, on a global scale, on to brain information retrieved by these devices to analyze and identify patterns that could help prevent or even revert certain illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Autism.