As the crowdfunding of remote health devices increases, another vital sign monitor has launched on Indiegogo.
Scanadu Scout analyzes and tracks temperature, respiratory rate, blood oxygen, heart rate, blood pressure and stress trends. The company states that it accomplishes this in 10 seconds.
The device is still pre-FDA approval but quite promising. They claim that they can read systolic and diastolic blood pressure at 95% accuracy. It looks like they are not reading oxygen saturation level. We hope they’ll add it in the next version.
Already popular in Japan, today’s New York Times reports on the developing trend of robotic companions for the elderly.
A typical Japanese example is the Tsukuba University created Hybrid Assistive Limb. The battery-powered suit senses and amplifies the wearer’s muscle action when carrying or lifting heavy objects. Caregivers can also use the suit to aid them while lifting patients from a bed, and patients can wear it to support their movements. Other Japanese devices include a small, battery-powered trolley to aid independent walking; a portable, self-cleaning bedside toilet; and a monitoring robot which tracks and reports the location of dementia patients.
The Times describes several interesting US developed robots: Cody, a Georgia Tech created robotic nurse cable of bathing patients; HERB, a Carnegie Mellon developed butler which retrieves objects and cleans; Hector, a University of Reading robot which provides medication reminders, locates lost objects, and can assist in a fall; and Paro, a baby seal looking robot which calms dementia patients.