Valencell recently participated in the Silicon Valley Health 2.0 meetup and would like to share a few take-aways from the event. First a few details: the event was focused on the next phase of wearables growth, particularly as it relates to wearables blurring the line(s) between consumer electronics and medical devices. We were joined on the panel by our partners at Firstbeat and Ambiq Micro and had a great crowd of 150-200 people in attendance. The SVHealth2.0 crowd is clearly knowledgeable, insightful, and engaged in creating the next generation of healthcare solutions.

Silicon Valley Health 2.0 meetup     Silicon Valley Health panel August 2018

So with all that said, here are four take-aways from the event:

  • The next phase of wearables growth will be driven by providing deeper insights into how a person’s body is responding to the activities, diseases and/or conditions their body is experiencing.
  • When building a wearable device, you need to start with the end in mind. Specifically, understand your use case and user experience before you start spec’ing a device. Work backwards from this question: what decision will the user make differently based on the data or the experience the device will enable?
  • Adding more capabilities to wearables and the fact that there are no major battery enhancements on the near horizon, makes creating a power efficient device critical to user experience.
  • Hearables are a major area of innovation and advanced development going on right now, across consumer and medical devices. Hearables, and particularly hearing health devices, are a microcosm of the broader convergence of consumer wearables and medical devices.

There was much more discussed at the event, so if you are interested in more detail, here are the slides presented at the event:


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