Your smartphone could soon be all you need to perform a quick check-up following the release of a new mobile phone case which turns your device into a health tracker.
Looking to dispel the recent surge of interest surrounding smartwatches, the Wello case from Azoi can track your blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and blood oxygen levels and even measure and display ECG waves from your heart. Users can also test their lung function through a small included attachment to blow into, with the data then being transferred to an accompanying app which monitors and displays the results.
The thin and ultra-light case is compatible with all iOS phones with Bluetooth LE, which include the iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S. The technology will also work with all Android KitKat devices, however not as a case, but as an independent insert the size of a business card.
Azoi CEO Hamish Patel said that the company had been working on the technology behind Wello for two years, calling it, “a not so small engineering feat in microelectronics, nanosensors, imaging, data analytics and design, that we hope will make a big difference in helping the world become a healthier place.”
Wello can also connect with other health and fitness devices such as pedometers and sleep trackers to help identify how different behaviours can affect a user’s bodily state.
The device also offers ‘safe and secure’ remote access for users, meaning that it can be used to monitor the health details of others (such as family members) too.
“All too often, health problems go undetected until they are too late to address,” Patel said. “We believe that through improved self-awareness of key vitals, technology could very easily reduce the incidence and impact of a wide range of illnesses and diseases. Not only could this help ensure healthier, happier lives, but it could also ease the growing burden on healthcare services.”
Wello is available to pre-order now for £120, with units shipping to 35 countries in the autumn pending approval from the FDA.
The company is also running a referral scheme which sees early buyers earning $10 for each person they get to pre-order, meaning that popular-enough users could get the device for free.
[Originally published on TechWeek Europe]