iPhone case will measure heart-rate, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen saturation & lung function


A prototype iPhone case tested by Engadget aims to provide a comprehensive array of vital signs, encompassing heart-rate, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen saturation & lung function.

Readings are done with your hands in a comfortable position, and the health tracker was able to return our vital signs as well as a fancy ECG graph of our heart in just a few seconds. Out of the box, you’ll be able to pair it with your Wi-Fi scale and fitness tracker, so you can keep an overall picture of your health in the same place … 

As you might guess, this kind of tech doesn’t come cheap, with the $199 price of the Wello case possibly having its own effect on your blood pressure. You can, though, reduce the cost by referring others: each person you refer who orders their own case will reduce the price you pay by $10. So if you have twenty well-off friends with health anxieties …

You’ll also need to be patient if you want to get your hands on one: the case doesn’t yet have FDA approval, and is not expected to go on sale until the fall. You can, however, pre-order it now, with models available for the iPhone 4S, 5 and 5s. Though with Apple’s iWatch expected to major on health and fitness functionality, you may well want to wait to see what that has to offer before placing your order.

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  1. PMZanetti - 9 years ago

    I am very fortunate to not personally know anyone who would want something like that.

    While there are certain (rare) physical conditions that some people live with, that require them (if they so choose) to monitor their vitals more frequently, in order to catch spikes or drops in time to seek treatment…..

    …..there is no reason in the world that a healthy person (most people) should be worried about this shit. Just live your life! Stop obsessing.

    • paulnielsensql - 9 years ago

      wow. anger management classes?

    • o0smoothies0o - 9 years ago

      You just said most people are healthy, shows completely oblivious you are. Also the other poster is right, anger management works, I’m sure of it! I’m sure you’re someone who is extremely unhealthy and are offended that this kind of tech is becoming a reality, and you are furious anyone would assume you are unhealthy and provide the slightest amount of help. Hahah.

    • LOL. OK. I’m an Apple Consultant. I am in the process of switching careers from IT to health, because that’s always been my real passion. Most people are not healthy, they are sick. People, like you, don’t know how incredibly sick they are. When you’re truly healthy, THEN and only then will you appreciate just how sick you were.

  2. rettun1 - 9 years ago

    I saw an app in the App Store yesterday that is able to measure heart rate by placing your finger over the rear camera. You’d think you’d need dedicated hardware for that or something, but it appears not…

  3. paulnielsensql - 9 years ago

    this is moving in the right direction, now if it could just measure blood sugar levels for diabetics and pre-diabetics, it would be awesome.

  4. This is so awesome, if the results are accurate.

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