GET SPA BUSINESS
magazine
Yes! Send me the FREE digital editions of Spa Business and Spa Business insider magazines and the FREE weekly Spa Business and Spa Business insider ezines and breaking news alerts!
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Features   Products   Company profilesProfiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise    Subscribe  
NEWS
Will the next generation of wearables be earrings and jewellery? University of Washington researchers think so
POSTED 16 Feb 2024 . BY Kath Hudson
The University of Washington's prototype thermal earring Credit: Raymond Smith/University of Washington
University of Washington researchers have created a thermal earring that could be the first in a new generation of wearables
The wireless wearable collects health data from the earlobe
It shows promise for measuring signs of stress, eating, exercise and ovulation
There are ambitions to make this into a jewellery range for health monitoring
University of Washington researchers have created a wireless wearable in the form of a thermal earring that continuously monitors a user’s earlobe temperature.

In a study of six users, the earring outperformed a smartwatch at sensing skin temperature during periods of rest. It also showed promise for monitoring stress, eating, exercise and ovulation.

About the size and weight of a small paperclip, the earring has a magnetic clip that attaches one temperature sensor to a wearer’s ear, while another sensor dangles about an inch below it for estimating room temperature.

The earring can be personalised with fashion designs made of resin, without negatively affecting its accuracy.

Co-lead author Qiuyue (Shirley) Xue, a UW doctoral student in the Paul G Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering says many people find smartwatches and rings unfashionable, bulky or uncomfortable so earrings could be a viable alternative.

“I like to wear earrings, so we started thinking about what unique things we can get from the earlobe. We found that sensing the skin temperature on the lobe was much more accurate than the hand or wrist. It also gave us the option to have part of the sensor dangle to separate ambient room temperature from skin temperature.”

Earlobe temperature tends to vary, which presents several uses for the thermal earring. In small proof-of-concept tests, the earring detected temperature variations correlated with eating, exercising and experiencing stress and placed it within the range necessary for tracking ovulation and periods, which is not possible on current wearables.

For future iterations, Xue is working to integrate heart rate and activity monitoring. She's also interested in potentially powering the device from solar, or kinetic energy from the earring swaying and is looking into other jewellery options.

“Eventually, I want to develop a jewellery set for health monitoring,” she says. “The earrings would sense activity and health metrics such as temperature and heart rate, while a necklace might serve as an electrocardiogram monitor for more effective heart health data.”

Fit Tech magazine editor, Liz Terry said: "There are still many people who would benefit from wearables but aren't able to tolerate sleeping while wearing a watch or living with a bulky ring and we believe we're on the cusp of a new era of wearables based on jewellery that will disrupt the industry.

"Humans have worn jewellery for millennia and there are many comfortable and unobtrusive options available. As technology advances, we expect to see wearables based on things such as piercings, bracelets, earrings and pendants, opening up the market for health wearables to far more people."

For the latest in fit tech, sign up for Fit Tech magazine news alerts at www.FitTechglobal.com/signup.
RELATED STORIES
  Global Wellness Summit predicts 2024’s top 10 wellness trends


The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has released its annual Future of Wellness report, forecasting what will make waves in the diverse world of wellness in the year ahead.
  McKinsey releases 2024 wellness market report. Identifies areas for disruption


According to McKinsey’s latest report, The trends defining the US$1.8 trillion global wellness market in 2024, the market for wellness is being driven by consumers taking more control of their health.
MORE NEWS
US named world’s largest wellness economy, reaching US$1.8 trillion valuation
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has released new data on the US’ wellness economy, valuing it at US$1.8 trillion.
Remedy Place to launch two new social wellness clubs annually as part of rollout strategy
Remedy Place, a US-based social wellness club brand, is poised for steady expansion in the coming years, with plans to open two new clubs annually moving forward.
Clinique La Prairie to operate health resort at Tri Vananda in Phuket
Swiss longevity brand Clinique La Prairie (CLP) has inked a deal with Montara Hospitality Group to operate a resort at Tri Vananda – a purpose-built wellness community in Phuket, Thailand.
Six Senses La Sagesse launches with lagoon-fronted spa inspired by Caribbean fishing villages
Six Senses has announced the grand opening of its first-ever property and spa in the Caribbean, called Six Senses La Sagesse.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Chief Executive Officer, Mount Batten Centre
Mount Batten Group
Salary: c£65,000pa + pension + benefits
Job location: mount batten centre, plymouth , United Kingdom
+ More jobs  

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

Spa and wellness industry to reunite at Forum HOTel&SPA 2024
The 16th edition of the esteemed international spa and hospitality industry event, Forum HOTel&SPA, is rapidly approaching, promising an immersive experience for attendees. [more...]

Embrace the future of luxury science-backed skincare with Amra's Micro-Cellular Actives
Amra Skincare has positioned itself at the forefront of dermatological science and introduced its Micro-Cellular Actives line – a range of innovative molecular agents formulated to redefine the brand’s clinically-driven skincare applications for unparalleled results. [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
Hydrafacial

Founded in 1997, Hydrafacial has grown to become one of the world’s leading skin health brands. [more...]
International SPA Association

Since 1991, the International SPA Association has been recognised worldwide as the professional orga [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

22-24 Apr 2024

UK Aufguss Championships

Galgorm Resort, York,
23-25 Apr 2024

ISPA Conference 2024

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, United States
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
SPA BUSINESS
SPA OPPORTUNITIES
SPA BUSINESS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Products   Magazine   Subscribe
NEWS
Will the next generation of wearables be earrings and jewellery? University of Washington researchers think so
POSTED 16 Feb 2024 . BY Kath Hudson
The University of Washington's prototype thermal earring Credit: Raymond Smith/University of Washington
University of Washington researchers have created a thermal earring that could be the first in a new generation of wearables
The wireless wearable collects health data from the earlobe
It shows promise for measuring signs of stress, eating, exercise and ovulation
There are ambitions to make this into a jewellery range for health monitoring
University of Washington researchers have created a wireless wearable in the form of a thermal earring that continuously monitors a user’s earlobe temperature.

In a study of six users, the earring outperformed a smartwatch at sensing skin temperature during periods of rest. It also showed promise for monitoring stress, eating, exercise and ovulation.

About the size and weight of a small paperclip, the earring has a magnetic clip that attaches one temperature sensor to a wearer’s ear, while another sensor dangles about an inch below it for estimating room temperature.

The earring can be personalised with fashion designs made of resin, without negatively affecting its accuracy.

Co-lead author Qiuyue (Shirley) Xue, a UW doctoral student in the Paul G Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering says many people find smartwatches and rings unfashionable, bulky or uncomfortable so earrings could be a viable alternative.

“I like to wear earrings, so we started thinking about what unique things we can get from the earlobe. We found that sensing the skin temperature on the lobe was much more accurate than the hand or wrist. It also gave us the option to have part of the sensor dangle to separate ambient room temperature from skin temperature.”

Earlobe temperature tends to vary, which presents several uses for the thermal earring. In small proof-of-concept tests, the earring detected temperature variations correlated with eating, exercising and experiencing stress and placed it within the range necessary for tracking ovulation and periods, which is not possible on current wearables.

For future iterations, Xue is working to integrate heart rate and activity monitoring. She's also interested in potentially powering the device from solar, or kinetic energy from the earring swaying and is looking into other jewellery options.

“Eventually, I want to develop a jewellery set for health monitoring,” she says. “The earrings would sense activity and health metrics such as temperature and heart rate, while a necklace might serve as an electrocardiogram monitor for more effective heart health data.”

Fit Tech magazine editor, Liz Terry said: "There are still many people who would benefit from wearables but aren't able to tolerate sleeping while wearing a watch or living with a bulky ring and we believe we're on the cusp of a new era of wearables based on jewellery that will disrupt the industry.

"Humans have worn jewellery for millennia and there are many comfortable and unobtrusive options available. As technology advances, we expect to see wearables based on things such as piercings, bracelets, earrings and pendants, opening up the market for health wearables to far more people."

For the latest in fit tech, sign up for Fit Tech magazine news alerts at www.FitTechglobal.com/signup.
RELATED STORIES
Global Wellness Summit predicts 2024’s top 10 wellness trends


The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has released its annual Future of Wellness report, forecasting what will make waves in the diverse world of wellness in the year ahead.
McKinsey releases 2024 wellness market report. Identifies areas for disruption


According to McKinsey’s latest report, The trends defining the US$1.8 trillion global wellness market in 2024, the market for wellness is being driven by consumers taking more control of their health.
MORE NEWS
US named world’s largest wellness economy, reaching US$1.8 trillion valuation
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has released new data on the US’ wellness economy, valuing it at US$1.8 trillion.
Remedy Place to launch two new social wellness clubs annually as part of rollout strategy
Remedy Place, a US-based social wellness club brand, is poised for steady expansion in the coming years, with plans to open two new clubs annually moving forward.
Clinique La Prairie to operate health resort at Tri Vananda in Phuket
Swiss longevity brand Clinique La Prairie (CLP) has inked a deal with Montara Hospitality Group to operate a resort at Tri Vananda – a purpose-built wellness community in Phuket, Thailand.
Six Senses La Sagesse launches with lagoon-fronted spa inspired by Caribbean fishing villages
Six Senses has announced the grand opening of its first-ever property and spa in the Caribbean, called Six Senses La Sagesse.
Basic-Fit trials corporate wellness drive across its Spanish clubs
Basic-Fit has signed up to trial the Wellhub network across its recently expanded Spanish network, giving access to subscribers and enabling them to use all 152 of its Spanish clubs.
Go Fit CEO, Mário Barbosa, unveils expansion plans in this month’s HCM
Having redefined the model of public-private collaboration in Spain, Go Fit is now expanding into Italy and has ambitious plans to grow its estate, memberships and profits.
+ More news   
 
FEATURED SUPPLIERS

Spa and wellness industry to reunite at Forum HOTel&SPA 2024
The 16th edition of the esteemed international spa and hospitality industry event, Forum HOTel&SPA, is rapidly approaching, promising an immersive experience for attendees. [more...]

Embrace the future of luxury science-backed skincare with Amra's Micro-Cellular Actives
Amra Skincare has positioned itself at the forefront of dermatological science and introduced its Micro-Cellular Actives line – a range of innovative molecular agents formulated to redefine the brand’s clinically-driven skincare applications for unparalleled results. [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
Hydrafacial

Founded in 1997, Hydrafacial has grown to become one of the world’s leading skin health brands. [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

22-24 Apr 2024

UK Aufguss Championships

Galgorm Resort, York,
23-25 Apr 2024

ISPA Conference 2024

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, United States
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS