Wearable Innovation | UMBC Industry News

UMBC’s 9th annual Idea Competition took place this week. The competition offers students from all fields an opportunity to present business ideas to a panel of expert judges and receive immediate feedback on moving from vision to reality. The ideas presented this year ranged from technology to make schools safer from physical threats to wearable technologies that can help people in their daily activities.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look at how wearable devices are improving the lives of heart patients. We also take a look at a Maryland-based company acquired by Google, the perception of time, and a way to fight Alzheimer’s.

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Wearable Device Helps Save Lives


The Optimizer Smart system is an implantable device that increases blood pumping capacity in failing hearts. The device can help save millions of heart patient’s lives. The machine is the size of a pager and is implanted under the right clavicle. It is the next technological breakthrough in U.S. cardiology clinics.

MD Startup Company Acquired by Google

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A Maryland company, Workbench, has officially become a part of Google. The edtech company helps educators find, customize, and assign lessons. Educators are able to discover lessons to apply in their classrooms. With Google and Workbench as a team, educators will gain access to a host of innovative capabilities.

Is Time Moving Faster?


As a child, you likely never asked the question, ‘where has time gone? As children, our sense of time seemed more balanced and well-paced mainly because memory didn’t have a chance to develop enough for us to make such an observation. Memory and age play a major role in the perception of time.

A Way to Fight Alzheimer’s


Although we still don’t have a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, there is plenty a person can do today to help prevent from getting the disease in the future. Urging people to take a proactive approach, researchers at the Mayo Clinic provide helpful tips you can take right now to lower your risk, namely eating more quality fats and less carbs.

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