Tech startup Azoi has launched a new health-monitoring device that can be embedded within a mobile phone case to measure key vitals like blood pressure, heart rate and temperature.
Branded Wello, the device incorporates powerful sensors that allow users to track important data about their personal health on a daily basis.
“Over the last two years, we have focused our efforts on coming up with a technologically advanced yet easy-to-use tool to help you monitor health and facilitate better lifestyle choices,” said Hamish Patel, founder and chief executive of Azoi (San Francisco, CA, USA). “We are proud to introduce Wello – a not so small engineering feat in microelectronics, nanosensors, imaging, data analytics and design, that we hope will make a big difference in helping the world become a healthier place.”
“We have effectively put health monitoring equipment, typically in large form factors, into a highly convenient and accessible mobile phone case,” he added.
Azoi says its technology is aimed at giving people the means to identify potential health issues and address these before they become serious health issues.
The company cites data from the World Health Organization indicating that incidences of preventable diseases are on the rise, with hypertension – for example – now though to afflict nearly a billion people globally and diabetes affecting around 347 million.
“All too often, health problems go undetected until they are too late to address," said Hamish. “We believe that through improved self-awareness of key vitals, technology could very easily reduce the incidence and impact of a wide range of illnesses and diseases.”
According to Azoi, the use of its technology could also help to reduce the growing burden on healthcare services.
The company claims that Wello is the first device allowing people to measure and record vitals from wherever they are.
Using the device, customers can upload data about their vital signs to a smartphone app, and the technology can be connected to other health and fitness devices like pedometers and sleep trackers to identify how different behaviors affect health.
Azoi says Wello is now available for pre-order in the US, Canada, China India, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout the European Union.