CES, the world’s most influential tech event, takes place in Las Vegas, and more than 2,200 tech companies showcase their cutting-edge products, featuring major innovations in the automotive and digital health industries.
Valencell, a US-based biometric technology company with a focus on chronic disease management, the company behind sensors in your Samsung, Suunto, Bose and Jarba products, unveiled a cuffless, calibration-free blood pressure monitor. The device clips-on fingertip, similar to a pulse oximeter, and sends its readings to the user’s smartphone, to help him manage and monitor chronic diseases, like hypertension.
The easy-to-use fingertip device which does not have an official name yet, is designed to measure blood pressure in under a minute and uses photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors to measure blood flow patterns. “Proprietary AI algorithms will process this information in combination with the user’s physical characteristics (age, weight, biological sex, height) to calculate a blood pressure measurement. Diastolic and systolic results are then displayed on the device’s built-in screen and transmitted via Bluetooth to the app,” states the company’s website.
Currently the product awaits FDA approval, which could take until the end of 2023 and is expected to retail for about $99. The lightweight and portable device for use at home or on-the-go will simplify blood pressure measuring, which until now typically consists of an inflatable cuff that is wrapped around the upper arm and a digital monitor that displays the blood pressure readings.
Among the medical technologies presented at CES this year are also a home urine lab from Withings that can unlock health information in daily urine and a video-based vital monitoring platform, Anura offering more than 30 health measurements from just a 30-second video selfie.