MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Artefact’s Dialog medical sensor tracks hydration, temperature, pulse and other metrics with a single wearable sensor about the size of a quarter.
The technology helps epilepsy patients track incidents without relying on manual logs and also detects seizures and alerts family members. The Dialog device addresses important healthcare concerns for patients, but it also takes into account patients’ desire for devices that are as artful as they are functional.
Wired writer Kyle Vanhemert took a closer look at the design of the technology and gleaned 3 important take-aways for developing wearable technologies that are pleasing to the eye and represent minimal burden to a patient’s lifestyle.
The key to Dialog’s brilliant design, Vanhemert writes, is the use of sensors that require little active intervention, automatic data collection and synthesis and acceptance of patient’s desire that the devices be either fashionable or practically invisible.
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