July 5, 2015
In a bid to relish a better standard of living, working day in and day out has become a norm. This has left people with less time to focus on their personal lives. And as a result their health is being neglected. Imagine if I told you that now you have someone who will keep an eye on our health while you keep on with your daily work!? Yes! It’s true. Smarty-pants Google’s latest health tracker has made this possible.
Before you come up with general questions like how big it is, how I can use it, or is it mobile or not? Here’s the answer to all your queries – the Google Health Tracker is a wearable. Yes, you heard it right! Just like a smartwatch, it has a wrist band which you can wear around your hand and take wherever you go. It keeps track of heart rate, skin temperature, and heart rhythm, along with environmental conditions like light exposure and noise levels. It can also monitor your blood pressure.
Health: A Key Focus for Google X
The Google Health Tracker has been made by Google’s Life sciences team, Google X. This division has also worked on Google Glass, delivery drones, and self-driving cars. After giving the world such mind-boggling innovations, this team is all set to dive into the healthcare wearables segment and innovate something that will affect our lives in a better way. The team hopes that this device will be eventually prescribed to patients or used in clinical trials along with the medical grade information that it can collect. At the moment, however, it is still in an experimental phase.
With the introduction of the health tracker, Google X has shifted its focus to healthcare. Soon the team will be launching a range of medical products including a blood glucose-monitoring contact lens, the Lift ware spoon designed to counteract the tremors in Parkinson's disease, nanoparticles that’ll detect disease, and Baseline.
What Makes Google Health Tracker is Different?
Unlike other fitness wearable such as Jawbone Up Move, Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin Vivo active, or Tom Tom Runner Cardio, Google Health Trackers will be used by the medical community only. This makes this health tracker a lot different from other Android Smart watches or Apple smart wearables which have been created from a consumer point of view.
The major USP of these Google Health Trackers is early diagnosis. Many doctors believe that 50 percent of diseases go from bad to worse because of improper or late diagnosis. With these devices, Google is hoping to create a technology which could extract continuous medical-grade information about the wearer which can help the doctors understand the recurring patterns of diseases and find the best solution to combat them.
At the moment, the device is under additional testing and will soon be sent to the regulatory authorities in the US and Europe for approval.
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