Smart scales as an early detection health device

At the recent AXA PPP Health Tech & You awards, British startup Kardia Mobile progressed to the final.  The company provide an add-on for a smartphone that allows the user to check their heart rhythm and learn within 30 seconds whether medical attention is required.

It’s a fascinating approach, but one that is arguably more in keeping with daily routines is being developed by researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU).  They’re working on modified bathroom scales that can monitor your health for a range of conditions.

“Hospitals are fully equipped with advanced technologies for diagnosing illnesses and critical conditions, but it is too expensive to use this equipment for everyday health monitoring. On the other hand, people do not have many devices for personal health monitoring at home, and these devices could be very practical”, the team say.

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