Meet Scout, a device that can monitor and track your vital signs, temperature, ECG, heart rate, oximetry and stress by just holding the it up to your forehead for 10 seconds.
As simple as it sounds, to use the device you simply hold it against your forehead and wait. Results are synched from Scout to your smartphone, where you can track your health over time. On a basic level, you can see that your temperature or heart rate is elevated from the norm at any given time. On a larger level, you can also see potential problems headed your way by noticing abnormalities before they become physical issues.
The idea for Scout came to Scanadu founder and CEO Walter de Brouwer while his son was in the hospital after an accident. After spending a great deal of time in ICU, Brouwer started to pay attention to the outputs from all the machine’s his son was hooked up to, and look for trends and abnormalities in those outputs.
When his son’s health improved and the machines disappeared, he found himself missing that data and wanting it back.
“We need an instrument or tool in that battle for the ownership of the data that comes out of our body,” de Brouwer told Mashable.
His desire to have that data led him to the creation of Scout. The idea behind the device is to bring the hospital experience, at least the data portion of it, into people’s homes in an easy and affordable way.
The updated device is now built on Micrium, the same real-time operation system for SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) on the Mars Curiosity rover. That gives it not only the juice to run, but also the power to be relevant many years into the future.
In addition to Scout, Scanadu has also created a saliva test that can determine quickly if you have anything from the flu to strep throat, and a urine test that can test your glucose levels, as well as protein, nitrates, blood, and yes, even tell whether or not you’re using drugs or are pregnant.
Tests are done using a smartphone, taking a photo of the paddle before and after you pee on it. The phone analyzes the difference in colors of the test strip between the two photos and provides instant results.
“Today’s urine tests are really hard to use and the results are not easy to interpret" said Aaron Rowe, Research Director at Scanadu. “Scanaflo will make it simple for pregnant women to monitor themselves for complications between appointments with their doctor.”
Scanadu has recently received its first batch of 6,000 paddles for the urine test, and plans to begin clinical trials with them in the coming months.
You can sign up to support Scanadu’s Scout on IndieGoGo now. The first Scanadu devices are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2014.
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