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Chrono Therapeutics Lights Up Possibilities for Smoking Cessation

Smoking (still) kills. Enter: Chrono Therapeutics, the most comprehensive wearable seen on the market that addresses smoking cessation.

According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking is still the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim over 393,000 American lives each year and costs the United States over $193 billion annually, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct health care expenditures.

The proliferation of wearables begs the question from users, “What do we do with all of this data?” Consumers want to translate their data into insights and into action.

Chrono’s “SmartStop” smoking cessation programmable device does just that. This (extremely) smart device is built on over a decade of research and development, state-of-the-art sensor technology and world-class partnerships built between Chrono Therapeutics and medical and research institutions, including the Mayo Clinic and the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Chrono’s slick wrist device is equipped with a transdermal drug delivery system. Unlike nicotine patches that infuse therapeutic treatment through linear time-release methods, Chrono’s wearable is equipped with advanced sensors to detect when the wearer is experiencing withdrawal symptoms and deliver a time-differentiated schedule of nicotine release to ease the process of smoking cessation and provide a personalized treatment mechanism.

With issued patents around its smart transdermal drug delivery system, the possibilities for Chrono Therapeutics will surely present useful applications in other areas of health and medicine.

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve: Smart Apparel for Fitness

first published in Wearable World

Fitness wearables are no longer exclusive to the wrist. Technology enables apparel to help us run faster, stand straighter, and be safer.  Here are five of the latest-and-greatest companies and products:

OMsignal for all-day fitness

OMsignal’s biometric, machine-washable men’s shirt collection monitors heart and breathing rates, but the technology’s capabilities extend beyond standard fitness metrics. OMsignal’s Lifestyle shirt is designed to raise awareness of how our moods and energy levels affect overall health and focus while we sit at our desks. The “active nudge” feature puts wearers on notice after extended periods without activity (fighting Silicon Valley syndrome, one shirt at a time).

Straighten up, with UpCouture

Posture, an indicator – and influencer – of health that often overlooked, now has fashionable assistance. Parisian-based startup, UpCouture designed and developed a shirt that discourages wearers from slouching using a figure eight-shaped pattern of elastic bands stretched across the back.  The shirts do not force the wearer to stand or sit up straight, but they slowly get more comfortable as we do.

Glo’ with the flow: Glofaster fitness jacket

The Glofaster fitness jacket takes an alternative approach to motivation – utilizing flashing lights that are connected to heart rate and GPS monitors. The lights react to activity levels, spurring wearers to reach their heart rate targets. The Glofaster jackets double as safety gear, keeping runners in the spotlight when out for evening workouts.  The Glo’ team includes a former Royal Marine, a medical doctor, and a designer previously with Abercrombie & Fitch – ensuring this product will be both tech and fashion-forward (Available late Summer 2014).

See and Be Seen with Zackee’s Turn Signal Gloves

“The safest and most technologically advanced pair of cycling gloves ever made,” is here, thanks to founder, Zach Vorhies. Zackee’s gloves add a seamless safety element for cyclists, runners and skaters. Before founding Zackee’s, Vorhies was most well known for his contributions to develop Google Earth’s Navigation System for Audi. This technologist then turned his wearable hobby into a highly useful application to protect wearers day and night. The Zackee’s gloves have an ambient light sensor, adjusting brightness according to the time of day to preserve battery life.

Get a little bit closer with Sensilk

Arguably, the accuracy of a sensor is higher when placed closer to the heart. The team at Sensilk developed a sports bra with conductive fiber technology for comfortable, continuous and accurate biometric monitoring that pairs with a mobile app to show heart rate, workout statistics and a Fitness Score based on a heart rate variability algorithm. Look out for Sensilk to hit market this fall.

Geek to Chic: Tory Burch Infuses Fashion with the Fitbit Flex

Tory Burch has become the first mainstream designer to create high fashion accessories for our fitness trackers through her eponymous fashion line’s collaboration with FitBit.

Tory Burch, CEO & Designer of Tory Burch, said, “Wearable technology is an exciting new category and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Fitbit to offer a unique collection of accessories that transform the fitness tracker into a stylish piece of jewelry that is versatile enough to go from day to evening.”

Today Tory Burch’s first four products hit the market for pre-sale.  Her line of accessories in collaboration with Fitbit’s Flex device includes an upgraded look to FitBit’s standard silicon wristbands with Tory Burch’s signature prints and colors. The standout pieces though, are a caged-brass bracelet and necklace, which as the designer states, could truly be worn from day to evening in style.

James Park, CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit adds, “From day one, we’ve known that form factor is crucial to creating a health and fitness tracking device that will fit into people’s lifestyles and become truly ‘wearable. We designed Flex with this in mind, but our partnership with Tory Burch has taken wearable device fashion to another level, transforming our Flex tracker into an elegant accessory. Further expanding the ways our users can wear our products, this will ultimately help to inspire users to track their activity 24/7 and make healthier choices.”

The Fret Pendant Necklace ($175), Metal Hinged Bracelet ($195) and the Silicon Printed Bracelets ($38) are expected to ship 8/31 and can be purchased through ToryBurch.com. The Fitbit Flex device is sold separately (FitBit.com, $99.95).

"Sit Smart"- Automotive Meets Healthcare, Rock Report + the awesome @peaster/@AmericanAir @MercedezBenz's rp_aguilar + @UprightPose's Ori Fruhauf (who is also a fighter pilot) #GLAZEDCon #wearables

New  Rock Health report on Smart Seating. Last week / &  /  prognosticated on the future of transportation and wearables at . (AA has 8,000 pilots,… hose #innovators!) :). teslamotorsperformance teslamotorsrocks was humbly lauded by Ricardo as a leader in the connected-automobivlee space, while Dr.Easter managed to gain points by staying grounded, as AA sponsored it’s first hackathon in partnership with @wearableworld last week in SF, with a goal to improve the consumer travel experience. As per the comprehensive Rock Health report… If you are an employer? Involving your health team in big decisions would be awesome! #integrationftw. #helpushelpyou

"Planes, Trains & Automobiles" - a fantastic channel for wearable, sensor-driven intelligence- was further validated by Rock Health.. with a huge thanks to the awesome folks at #GlazedCon @wearableworld #wearableworld.

Dad 2.0: Father’s Day Top Tech Gift Guide

Give the gift of connection this Father’s Day with stylish, cutting-edge tech gifts to compliment quality time with Dad. Here are 7 Dad 2.0 gift picks for 2014.

For the Mad Scientist (or Gourmand): Deluxe Molecular Gastronomy Kit

If Dad fancies himself to be the next Ferran Adrìa, this is the gift to end all gifts. More than a cookbook, this Deluxe Molecular Gastronomy Kit is a laboratory in a box. Containing everything that the adventurous food scientist needs for extraordinary feats of edible science—from calcium lactate to food-grade syringes—the Kit turns meals into a magical adventure. The hardbound recipe book contains instructions for 40 dazzling palate pleasers, from first course to last. This gift would surely be one of shared quality time, while giving Dad a novel new toy. Available on Uncommon Goods, and Amazon, $198.95)

For the Bookworm: Oyster for Unlimited e-books

Whether Dad’s tastes are Golding or Grafton, Oyster is the perfect gift for the e-bibliophile. Offering unlimited access to a growing library of 500,000+ books, Oyster’s monthly subscription model, the “Netflix” for books, is a gift that will deliver happiness in perpetuity. Instead of risking single-book-buyer’s remorse, give Dad the gift of intellectual freedom. Bestsellers, award winners, literary feats, classics, and new releases all come to Oyster to roost. With its hi-res photography, handpicked typography, and clean interface, Oyster makes digital reading a delight. Available at Oysterbooks.com and on iOS devices, $9.95/month)

For the Grillmaster: iGrill Mini

Ever wish Dad spent more time chatting at summer barbecues instead of hovering over the grill? With the brilliant iGrill Mini thermometer, he will know when the steaks are done from up to 150 feet away. (Touch football, anyone?) This single-probe, wireless Bluetooth Smart thermometer takes the guesswork out of grilling. As soon as the food on the barbecue reaches the optimal temperature, the iGrill Mini sends an alert to Dad’s mobile device telling him it’s go-time. Say goodbye to burnt meat and spend more time with Dad! (Available at Apple stores and directly from iGrill, $39.99)

For the Inner Boy Scout: In-1 Multi-tool Utility Smartphone Case

Dad can probably remember the joy of receiving his first Swiss Army knife: every tool he’d ever need, all in one. And when he got his first smartphone, it was the same: a camera, a phone, the Internet, video… Give that joy all over again with the In-1 Multi-tool Utility Case, the Swiss Army knife of phone cases. With a full set of screwdrivers, pens, a nail file, tweezers, scissors, a screen protector, anda kickstand for easy video viewing, he’ll truly be prepared for anything. And it’s TSA-approved. Currently this case is available for the iPhone 5/5S, with other models in the works (Available at In-1 Case, and Amazon,  $44.95).

For the Stylish Technophile: Pebble Steel

The Pebble Steel digital watch combines modern, cutting-edge design with technical wizardry. The Pebble Steel is the most fashion-forward smart watch on the market  - combining the latest in wearable technology – a daylight-readable display, a tricolor status LED, and the ability to receive his text messages, emails and control his music – all from his wrist. With dozens of apps to choose from—Google Maps, remote controls, daily weather and stocks, fitness, games—Dad will never miss a flight, be late to an event, have to get up to adjust the thermostat again (or have to miss a workout, with a virtual coach on his arm) – all while sporting the chicest chronometer on the market (Available at Pebble, $249).

For Dads on Dawn Patrol: Game Golf

The best part of golf is the game – not the scorecards and the miniature pencils. Let Dad maximize the time he has to enjoy the game, by adding technology and science to the art of this precision sport. Game Golf chronicles every shot of every round played in a user-friendly app. With the Game Golf system, Dad will never have to guess how far he actually hits his 8-iron. The Game Golf uses a GPS and chip reader to determine which club he used and how far he hit the ball with every swing. When it comes time for the 19th hole? This smart app let’s golfers share and compare their games , and amplifies the enjoyable parts of the game, while leave the onerous details in the sand trap. (Available at Apple stores, and on GameGolf.com, $249)

For the Dad who also rocks it on the tennis court or the baseball field in addition to golf, the Zepp sensor will help get his swing into shape across activities. (Available at Apple stores or on Zepp.com, $149.99)

For the Dashing Dad: Mujjo Sleeves Laptop Case

Gone are the days when laptop cases only came in bulky black neoprene: enter the Mujjo Sleeves Collection, which will guarantee there will never be another dull day at work again…at least style-wise. Made of sturdy felt and gorgeous tanned leather, these handcrafted cases offer protection and security while enhancing appearance. With storage compartments for documents, earplugs, and even built-in leather slots for credit cards and an SD card, Dad will be ready to take on the concrete jungle in style. Mujjo.com, $69)