Technology that uses light to track a patient’s health or condition could soon be part of medical equipment, from hospital gowns to heart monitors.
And it’s starting to get more affordable.
A few weeks ago, Samsung and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new system that can use light to read a person’s heart rate or breathing rate using a tiny sensor in the wristband or wristwatch.
The technology, called the Miracast system, works like a regular wristwatch or mobile phone.
Miracasts are tiny microchips that can be placed on the skin, or strapped to the wrist.
They have a small screen that’s usually around 1 millimeter in size, and a tiny antenna that can measure the amount of light in the area, and transmit the information to a smartphone or tablet.
The Miracasters can detect the movement of a person, the amount they’re breathing, the temperature, and other factors that could indicate illness or injury.
But they’re not meant to monitor health.
The devices are a small piece of kit that is typically about $300.
It is designed to work with wearable medical devices that can read your pulse or detect blood pressure.
In addition, it can be used to read information from sensors in the body, such as the skin.
The company said the MiraCast system will be available in devices starting in the fall.
Samsung is not releasing an exact date, but said the devices are scheduled to be ready in 2018.
Samsung is offering the MiraeCast technology through its new Samsung Health platform, a platform that Samsung says will bring “immersive medical experiences to health professionals and patients alike.”
The platform is available to consumers, health professionals, and hospitals, according to a Samsung spokesperson.
Samsung has partnered with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to create the Mirascience platform.
Samsung said the partnership “allows medical professionals to easily and quickly develop new, clinically relevant applications for Miraecast devices.”
The company plans to launch more devices for health professionals in 2018 and 2019.
The development of a new medical wearable device is one step closer to being a reality, according a statement from the NIH.
“As we continue to push the boundaries of medical technology, we’re seeing a significant and sustained increase in the number of devices that are being developed to address this need,” NIH spokesperson David Weyler said.
“The new developments in medical device design and development will help us accelerate the advancement of medical wearable devices in the coming years.”
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