By Sree Roy
Many patients have smartwatches up their sleeves. Indeed, the wearable technology market is booming in both style and substance; it’s predicted to experience a 11.28% compound annual growth rate through the year 2025, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets, which says preference for sophisticated gadgets and the growing popularity of the Internet of Things are two factors driving segment growth.1
For now, consumer wearables are only relevant to sleep medicine to the extent that patients need reassurance that scoring a “perfect 100” on their sleep (as deemed by their smart device) isn’t worth stressing over or being aware that they need to remove the device during a sleep study to avoid artifact.
But manufacturers have more up their sleeves, and they are slowly revealing their upgraded capabilities. This year may be when several consumer wearables get US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals for their sleep measurements.
One contender is Withings’ ScanWatch. According to Withings’ website, embedded light sensors will allow the device to interpret “the changing blood color within your vessels to determine oxygen …