Wearable Round-Up! Wearables as Assistive Technology for Workplace
Wearable Round-Up! Wearables as Assistive Technology for Workplace Accommodations Teresa Goddard, M.S Lead Consultant, Sensory Team Brittany Lambert, M.S., CRC Consultant, Sensory Teams JAN is funded by a contract with the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. 1
Overview Overview Wearable Devices Applying New Solutions Problems & Solutions Time management Medical management Stress management Information access Communication
Accommodation Trends Questions 2 What is Wearable Technology? A wearable device is defined as a monitoring modality that is worn by a user in daily life. It is usually integrated into items used daily (watch, eyeglass, ring, vest, gloves, belt, shirt, brassiere, shoes, necklace, and barrette) as an inseparable component. An individual customized
size is usually required. It often moves with the user ubiquitously without any apparent or obtrusive parts. -Tamura, T., & Chen, W., Ph. D., (Eds.). (2018). Seamless healthcare monitoring: Advancements in wearable, attachable, and invisible devices. Cham: Springer. 3 What is Wearable Technology? An attachable device is defined as a monitoring modality that should be attached onto the body
noninvasively or can be touched occasionally by a user intentionally. It is not a necessary item but has an unnoticeable impact on daily life such as a tattoo, pad, pedometer, mobile phone, tablet, and other portable devices. It is usually one-size fits all. -Tamura, T., & Chen, W., Ph. D., (Eds.). (2018). Seamless healthcare monitoring: Advancements in wearable, attachable, and invisible devices. Cham: Springer. 4
A Growing Market 56.7 million adults are predicted to use a wearable device at least once a month in 2019. An additional 3.8 million children and teens will have such a device. Over 500 million wearable users were connected to
4G network in 2017, while the market is expected to grow by 89 million by 2022 connecting over 900 million. 5 Workplace Needs
Productivity management Medical management Stress and symptom management Information access Communication 6 Smartwatches
Smartwatches have gained great popularity in the last five years. Displaying the time is only one of many functions these devices can perform. Smartwatches provide convenient access to thousands of apps, including those which allow users to increase productivity, track physical and mental status, and engage their surroundings in innovative ways. 7 Smartwatches
Smartwatches to use with smartphones Apple Watch Android Wear Samsung Gear 8 Smartwatches Braille Watches/Talking Watches Dot Watch
9 Productivity Management Example A surgeon with attention deficit disorder was having difficulty getting to the operating suite on time. 10 Productivity Management Past Accommodation:
Provide a Timex Datalink Watch programmed reminders of the employees surgery times and other appointments. Newer Approaches: Alerts delivered through smartphones and smartwatches. Alerts delivered through a WatchMinder watch. 11 Time Management
Watches and Timers Watches with alerts WatchMinder Time Timer Watch 12 Time Management Fitness trackers with alerting functions Fitbit Ionic Teslasz
13 Time Management Wearable Timers Invisible Clock II 14 Concentration Ear Plugs
QuietOn Noise Canceling Earbuds Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones 15 Medical Management Example An accountant with narcolepsy had difficulty staying awake during the workday. He often fell asleep unexpectedly at his desk, putting him at risk of violating company policy.
16 Medical Management Past Accommodation: The employer provided a flexible start time, allowing the employee to begin his shift at a later time. Newer Approach: Provide a Doze Alert to detect head movements indicative of sleep.
17 Medical Management Sleep Detection Doze Alert Nozzer Watch StopSleep 18 Medical Management
Seizure Detection Smart Monitor SmartWatch Embrace Watch BioLert 19 Medical Management Respiratory Health and Allergen Management Propeller Health ViATOM Wearable Oxygen Monitor
Neckworn Air Cleaners 20 Medical Management Diabetes Management Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Thrive Glucose Gel Medical Alert Necklace Siren Socks
21 Medical Management Cardiovascular Health iBeat Cardea SOLO 22 Information Access Example
A barista was struggling to read product labels due to progressive vision loss. 23 Information Access Past Accommodation Provide the employee with an i.d. mate talking bar code scanner. Newer Approach: Program an OrCam My Eye to recognize products sold
in the coffee shop 24 Information Access Solutions Identification OrCam MyEye Aira WayAround Oxy-Iso Colorblindness Correction Glasses BrainPort Vision Pro
25 Information Access Solutions Navigation Wayband Lechal BuzzClip 26
Information Access Solutions Communication Assistive Listening Devices Hearing aids and accessories Cochlear implants and accessories Clear Face Masks Communication Bracelets 27
Stress Management Example A human resource assistant in the benefits department was having difficulty concentrating due to anxiety and high stress. 28 Stress Management Past Accommodation Ideas: Modified break schedule, call support person,
organization strategies/mentor, noise cancellation/white noise New Ideas in Addition: Utilize an app for breathing/meditation (potentially synced to smartwatch) Wear product to monitor stress Use app and or smartwatch to set reminders and check in on focus 29
Stress Management Respiratory Monitoring Breathewell Wear Spire Health Tag Thync Breathing and Meditation Apps 30 Stress Management Habit Monitoring
Keen RE-vibe 31 Wearables in the Workplace Wearable device policies Mobile devices such as tablets, cellular phones, smartphones, smartwatches, and other wearable devices can be valuable productivity tools when used appropriately. They can also help employees maintain work/life balance, use
concentration and relaxation techniques, manage health conditions, and keep in touch with those who support them without tying up office equipment and phone lines. However, devices can also serve as a distraction or, worse, pose a risk to data. As a result many employers are developing and updating policies on use of personal devices and governing what types of devices and apps can be purchased for employees. 32 Wearables in the Workplace
ADA implications for wearable device policies: Policies must be applied in a nondiscriminatory way Employers may need to consider policy modification as an accommodation May need to determine whether the wearable device is a personal use item or an accommodation May need to be open to an alternate device or accommodation in some settings Ways to employ wearable devices as workplace accommodations: Manage time, stress, and medical conditions
Access information needed at work Meet communication needs 33 Wearables in Development
Retissa Ultracortex "Mark IV" EEG Headset Allergy Amulet Orion from Second Sight Tattoo Monitoring 34 Q&A Questions? AskJAN.org
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