Nihon University have developed a tiny blood pressure monitor, which you can just touch with your finger, in order to get maximum and minimum (systolic and diastolic) blood pressures, both average and real-time values, as well as pulse rate and pulse waveform displayed on your smartphone.
ICMe uses photo transistors to detect LED light reflected on a finger, and then converts pulse wave data obtained from the light to a blood pressure value. Phase Shift Method-based data processing and algorithm is used for the conversion to a blood pressure value, and results are transmitted to the phone via Bluetooth 4.0 (LE?).
The device is composed of a custom main chip, LEDs, photo transistors, and a Bluetooth 4.0 module.
Tech-on reports an early much larger model was exhibited last year at Medica 2013, and the new miniaturized model is currently showcased at Medica 2013, which runs from Nov 20 to 23, 2013, in Dusseldorf, Germany. The custom chip will be available in Q2 2014, and the blood pressure monitor shortly after. The research will then work on similar non-invasive method for blood glucose measurement technologies.
There are already many finger blood pressure monitors on the market, but it seems all need to apply pressure on the finger during measurements, and most can not send data to your smartphone. Alternatively, there’s also Scanadu Scout, that does the same as ICMe, and more, and should be ship in March 2014 to Kickstarter backers, before being available to the general public sometimes in 2015.
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