“Social” Devices Are Blending Social and Medical Technologies

Imagine a world where an adhesive strip applied to your skin can monitor your physiological state and alert you or others when specific changes occur. Parents could monitor their kids playing outside and know when they might be overheating or dehydrated, caretakers of elderly family members who live alone could be alerted if heart rate or respiratory changes occur, doctors can be alerted if patients forget to take their medications.