Want to empower consumers to improve healthcare and their own health status? Build a Tricorder and convince youngsters to “be like Mike.”
Those were the takeaways from a high-level session featuring Dr. Leslie Saxon of the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing and Qualcomm’s Don Jones at the third annual Digital Health Summit at 2012 International CES last week in Las Vegas.
Saxon, a cardiologist who is executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, said that researchers are readying results from a study of wireless monitors on pro and college football players that revealed previously undetected conditions in elite athletes. “If the NFL monitored the heart rate of all players, they’d end up benching 30 percent of them,” Saxon declared.
That doesn’t mean that nearly a third of National Football League players have heart conditions, just that sometimes they overexert themselves, according to Saxon. This could easily be applied to children and weekend warriors, too, through the sensor-equipped apparel that athletic clothing maker Under Armour supplied for the NFL’s annual scouting combine.
Under Armour is a popular brand already. Adding sensors to clothing sold to the general public could spark a revolution of sorts.
“Kids won’t just want to wear Michael Jordan’s sneakers,” Saxon said. “You’re getting them to wear sensors to ‘be like Mike.'” Keep reading>>