Category Archives: wearable technology

Starkey’s AI Transforms Hearing Aids Into Smart Wearables

The Livio AI hearing aid has a fitness tracker with inertial sensors that can count steps and track daily physical activity. But it also comes up with daily wellness scores for both physical and mental health and reports the scores on an associated smartphone app. The mental health “brain score” is based on hearing aid usage time, the degree of social engagement derived from the acoustic environment, and the extent of active listening.

https://spectrum-ieee-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/spectrum.ieee.org/amp/starkeys-ai-transforms-hearing-aid-into-smart-wearables-2650277407

From the wrist into the ear – the potential of hearables

A subset of wearables are the so-called hearables – in-ear devices that are well suited for long-term monitoring as they are non-invasive, inconspicuous and easy to fasten. Hearables offer two major benefits: their proximity to the torso and vascular system of the brain and ear is a physiological advantage and motion artefacts often seen with wrist wearables are no longer an issue for in-ear devices.

https://healthcare-in-europe.com/en/news/from-the-wrist-into-the-ear-the-potential-of-hearables.html

Google Shows Early Preview of Augmented Reality Glasses

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which failed to find a consumer audience for its internet-connected glasses about a decade ago, on Wednesday presented a prototype of augmented reality glasses aimed at the general public. 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-11/google-shows-early-preview-of-augmented-reality-glasses

What Nietzsche can teach us about embracing risk and failure in an age of technological comforts

Safety through technology is certainly not a bad thing. But the need for safety can become pathological. Friedrich Nietzsche’s basic premise is that failure is an option. It is woven tightly into a life worth living. It is time for a personal inventory: Which of our devices and practices enable a life that experiences the world in ways and places not always engineered for our comfort?

https://bigthink.com/thinking/nietzsche-failure-comfort/