Google has a new wearable and no, it’s not something for everyday consumer. Instead, the wearable is a health-tracking device that can provide minute-by-minute data, perfect for clinical trials and drug tests.
The wearable is an experimental device developed by Google X research division. It can measure the wearer’s pulse, heart rhythm and skin temperature, and on top of that, it can also measure environmental information like light exposure and noise level.
“Our intended use is for this to become a medical device that’s prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials.” – Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google.
Consumer wearables that we have now may provide basic tracking, but they are not accurate or rigorous enough for medical use. With this health band, doctors can easily monitor their patients outside of the hospital instead of asking them to record their own vitals.
Google’s “smart contact lens” that was introduced in early 2014
This is not the first of its kind from Google. Early last year, the company announced a smart contact lens that can keep track of its wearer’s glucose level, making it easier for diabetics to manage their disease. With such technology on board, Google hopes that they can help detect early signs of diseases.
“I envision a day, in 20 or 30 years, where physicians give it to all patients.” – Conrad added.