Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.
Google Nose will filter out any unpleasant scents, like rotten garbage or steamed Brussels sprouts. Google Mouth will automatically close if you try to eat something you shouldn't, like rotten garbage or steamed Brussels sprouts.
The result was an incredibly thoughtful and well-informed discussion about what healthful living looks like today and what it will look like tomorrow. Here are some key themes to look out for in 2015 according to the experts.
I'm having issues. I'm worried that the medical industry might want me to worry too much about my health. A little worry is good. But constant worry? It seems as if they want me to think of nothing else but my vital signs for the rest of my life.
A recent report by PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) and their consumer industry series says that wearables are not embraced yet and are still considered a novelty. One-third of the folks who bought a device a year ago do not wear it now.
Wearables will shape the next-generation retail experience by creating a uniquely social opportunity for businesses to educate and influence shoppers and, in turn, drive higher sales. Wearables will bring the brick-and-mortar shopping experience back in vogue.
A new Australian tech startup called Linou is aiming to achieve what larger companies have not in making tech fashion both functional and appealing, while also forgoing the use of plastics and other harmful materials.
Perhaps the outrage over Google Glass will finally provoke a radical shift in our culture of surveillance, with consumers spurring tech companies to innovate in ways that reinforce civil society, and regulators who vigorously back consumers.