General purpose thread for Apple Watch related health monitors. Starting with page 87 on Switzerland is in trouble: Apple watch is beautiful and useful where a discussion on diabetes monitoring starts and turned up nothing that’s uninvasive that could be put into a smartwatch, am gonna go a little further and point out two products that currently exist, even if they aren’t on sale yet.
AliveCor’s Kardia Band
An AW band that takes your EKG reading with a thumb press. I know a few people who could benefit from instant EKG analysis.
The company’s smartphone attachments sell for around $100 if you buy the sensor and case together, so I’d guess the Kardia Band would sell for a similar price. Sadly, the website’s online store says, “Not for sale. Not FDA cleared.”
This wearable measures transdermal alcohol content (TAC) and then converts that number to a corresponding blood alcohol content (BAC). The company claims that unlike breathalyzers which measure intoxication at a fixed point in time, their wearable measures your intoxication constantly and its apps will show it to you in real time—you can take a drink and stare at an app to see its effects on you in real time. On the website, they have a video of a prototype product and a prototype app, and they look nifty.
Bactrack showed off this wearable at CES 2017, and they’re expecting it to go on sale this summer for $99.
Back to the diabetes discussion in the Switzerland is in trouble thread, like the current products for diabetes management, both the Kardia Band and Skyn are add-ons to the AW. But unlike the diabetes management products which require a small ..... constantly under your skin and therefore are things that can’t be put into a watch—although at least there are phone and watch apps that show you your data—the Kardia Band and Skyn are completely non-invasive sensors. The Kardia Band works with a thumb press and the Skyn, according to the company’s video, works best when pressed against the inside of the inside of the wrist. Eventually, these are sensors that might eventually be miniaturized into a smartwatch.
But even if they never are miniaturized and make it into smartwatches, the fact that these are available as watch bands tells how much these companies think the watch is a natural place for health monitoring.