A wigged out healthcare benefit

Something for the weekend…

Could this be the next healthcare benefit to hit the market?

Technology giant, Sony, has filed a patent for a so-called SmartWig, which would include ultrasound sensors, a camera and a laser pointer.

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It would not necessarily be worn to replace hair, but as a sort of mobile computer that would provide sat-nav style directions or monitor health.

If employers were to introduce it as a way of monitoring an employee’s health, it could detect signs such as heart rate or high blood pressure, and even potentially track those employees who don’t do enough steps to keep fit or sneak off for a cigarette break.

Sony said in the application for a patent that the SmartWig will also be able to vibrate in order to provide tactile feedback.

The SmartWig could provide organisations with some hair-raising experiences then, no pun intended.