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What happens first – implantable ‘wearables’ or self-driving cars?

In a week where Abbott Laboratories unveiled the first smartphone compatible implantable heart monitor, we wondered what was likely to become commonplace first – such implantable ‘wearables’ or self-driving cars. Both exist in highly regulated marketplaces, but consumer wellness as and commercial healthcare might have a primary benefit – a lower end-cost to the consumer. Consumer wearables proved that there is strong demand for the ‘quantified self,’ that is, devices that provide users with data about their bodies. Initially, this was step count and sleep tracking, but in time, as the technology improved, this has evolved to heart rate tracking, blood-oxygen levels, and soon even blood-sugar levels. Fertility tracking is also a quickly growing market. While the wearables themselves might…

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