Well here’s another issues for the wearable companies to deal with.  The company said they are issuing refunds for those who have experienced such problems with the bands.  This is not surprising as we have lot more allergic problems today with what we are wearing against our skin and what we eat. image We didn’t know that peanut allergies were a big thing until a few years ago.  There are numerous reasons that could be leading to the rashes, such as an allergy to the metal used, to the latex and so on.  I wonder if any of the other wearable band makers are having the same issues?  A few consumers have stated they have made visits to their dermatologists as well to get answers as maybe perspiration could be a factor too.   The Fitbit “Force’ product seems to be the product with the rash issues. 

If you visit a page at the “Consumerist” one user posted some pretty nasty pictures, so this might give way to other forms of tracking devices to grow, that do not touch your skin directly, maybe like the Sensoria socks as the sensors are not touching you directly, (and they don’t sell your data either).    As with any of these wearable devices too I always say it’s a good idea to look at their privacy statements too as so many of them sell data to keep revenue going and stay in business with data selling.  Below is a new company doing some crowdsourcing to create a device to where you can choose what software you want to run and again it’s a band so I’m sure they might be looking at this “rash” situation as well. 

Open Sensor Company, Angel Raises Over $300k With Crowd Funding–You Will Be Able to Choose Your Own mHealth Apps And Avoid Those That Sell Your Data (Video)

Seems like we literally have a “rash” products developing out there for self monitoring for sure.  BD 

Fitbit recently released its Force wristband, which helps wearers track daily activity, such as steps walked and hours slept. It was a popular gift this past holiday season.

But some of its wearers are complaining of rashes, blisters and peeling skin on message boards. Pictures they've posted are ugly.

"It's just not acceptable that you pay $129 for a product and then end up seeking professional medical help for a rash that develops from use of that product," she told The Huffington Post's Timothy Stenovec



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