Augmented reality and health care - Qualcomm's mobile future

Augmented reality and health care - Qualcomm's mobile future

Summary: Chipmaker Qualcomm offered a glimpse of what the future might hold for the next generation of smartphones.


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  • Another area where smartphones are going to be playing a bigger role in future is in helping people monitor their health, according to Jacobs.

    "Given that you have the phone on you all the time you will be able to have sensors that you wear on your body or the phone will be able to detect things about you," he noted. "You know how today when you have your phone and you feel like you're connected with your friends and family... I think the same thing's going to be true in the future about your health provider."

    The chipmaker demoed a wireless health monitoring app which tracks various vital signs such as a mobile user's heart rate, breathing and temperature, and collates the data on the display pictured above.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

  • The app is used in conjunction with this belt, containing various wireless sensors, which the mobile user wears. Bluetooth connectivity is used to transfer data between the sensors and the smartphone, enabling the smartphone user to monitor their own health and even share the data with their doctor.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

  • Another example of a wireless health monitoring device is pictured above - this unit measures blood pressure. The data it generates could be incorporated into the mobile app, allowing it to be monitored remotely.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

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