Sensoree was honored to have Julia Manning, Chief Executive of 2020health, wear the Mood Sweater (called Jumper in the UK!) for the Health Tech & You Forum at the Design Museum UK . This event was founded by three leaders in their fields, AXA PPP healthcare, Design Museum and 2020health, with the goal of spreading the health tech revolution. This jumper might look like just a novel fashion item, but we can see this sort of technology being helpful to people with autism, mental illness and those who can’t speak. It is an exciting tool to aid communication which for some people will be life-changing. Julia Manning from the Health Tech & You website:
This is a Health Tech Revolution
You and your family are living in an extraordinary time. New mobile and wearable health technology allows you to be aware of your health and wellbeing in an unprecedented way. You can monitor diet, fitness, symptoms and medication effectiveness, supporting you and your healthcare professionals. Founded by three leaders in their fields, AXA PPP healthcare, Design Museum and 2020health, Health Tech & You aims to bring this health tech revolution to as many people as possible.
Show your true colours with the GER Mood Sweater
Technology showcased for first time in UK at the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Forum.
For the first time in the UK, a ‘Mood Sweater’ which interprets the wearer’s emotions via coloured LED lights embedded in the fabric has been showcased as part of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Forum at the Design Museum – a celebration of innovative, personal health technology.
The GER Mood Sweater from San Francisco-based Sensoree, reads the wearer’s emotion via a soft sensor design called the Galvanic Extimacy Responder. Sensors are placed on the hands, which reads and interprets excitement levels, translating these into a specific coloured light which tells the wearer and others how they are feeling.
This example of innovative wearable technology aptly opened the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Forum taking place today.
The GER Mood Sweater glows red to show when the wearer feels nervous or in love, and turns blue for calm, purple for excited, and yellow for bliss.
The AXA PPP Health Tech & You campaign is a joint initiative of AXA PPP Healthcare, 2020Health and the Design Museum, in an attempt to put the health technology revolution into a wider context for the benefit of patients and consumers: to look at how it can change lives and society, from the detail of wearable health technology to the treatment of long-term conditions.
Kristin Neidlinger, SENSOREE founder, comments, “We are delighted to showcase the GER Mood Sweater at the forward-thinking Health Tech & You Forum. Personal technology is positively impacting many aspects of our lives, and with the GER Mood Sweater wearable technology, we are creating sensitive technology that is intuitive, responsive and illuminates the senses.”
This concept holds exciting promise for the future, as wearable clothing could be adapted for the personal healthcare arena. For those who struggle to communicate their emotional state – in Alzheimer’s disease for instance – a person may easily become aggressive and agitated, often without warning and for no apparent reason, wearable technology, like the Mood Sweater, could be the first step in helping families and carers to better anticipate and understand the moods of people, so they can better support and care for them.
Julia Manning, Chief Executive of 2020health said, “This jumper might look like just a novel fashion item, but we can see this sort of technology being helpful to people with autism, mental illness and those who can’t speak. It is an exciting tool to aid communication which for some people will be life-changing.”
James Freeston, Marketing Director, AXA PPP healthcare, adds, “Nothing could be more personal than your own health. We and our Health Tech & You partners believe personal health technology is the new age, giving more control to consumers to live healthier and more active lives. Through this initiative, we want to inspire, inform, celebrate and award innovators in this important area, which impacts us all today and which will be a growing feature of our future.”
Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, states: “This joint initiative of AXA PPP healthcare, 2020health and the Design Museum is an attempt to put the health technology revolution into a wider context: to look at how it can change lives and society, from the detail of wearable health technology to the treatment of chronic conditions. It will raise questions, and look for the best of new design and innovation in the personal healthcare sector. Until now healthcare has been treated as a specialist concern, controlled by manufacturers, researchers, and the medical industry. It is now on the edge of becoming a matter of individual choice. The digital revolution has transformed how we understand the world, now it can do the same for how we see health.” via