Thursday, October 1, 2020

Google’s Wearable Delivers Constant Patient Monitoring

Product of Google X, the experimental group within the search giant that is responsible for some of its more noteworthy “moon shot” projects, including Google Glass, its driverless cars and Project Loon. The health wristband can monitor pulse, heart rhythm, skin temperature, light exposure and noise levels, providing valuable data not just about a patient, but about their surroundings, too.

Where this niche wearable differs from those aimed at the more broad consumer market is mostly in accuracy; the readings it takes are more scientifically rigorous than those achieved by the current crop of Android Wear-powered devices, and the dedicated medical wearable unveiled today also monitors and reports information continuously, for better delivery of real-time actionable info to researchers and medical professionals.

Testing for the medical band begins this summer, according to Google, and it’s going to pursue regulatory approval for its use in medical contexts in partnership with academic institutions and drug companies, per Bloomberg.

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