The outlook for health gadgets for smartphone is looking bright a head of Consumer Electronic Show (ECS) 2011, which is kicking off in Las Vegas tomorrow. AliveCor is introducing an attachment for iPhone, which makes it an ECG monitoring tool. Yet another useful iPhone gadget will be shown in ECS developed by iHealth Labs, a start up company based in Mountain View, California. The device is iHealth Blood Pressure Dock, an attachment for iOS devices that can measure and record heart rate and blood pressure. iHealth has a 30-pin connector for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
iHealth Blood Pressure Dock
The iHealth unit comes with
- a blood pressure cuff
- a battery-powered dock that can be used as charging station for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
- requires a mobile application to log the results, which is available for free through iTunes.
- a large central button you can press to activate the cuff
- In just a few seconds, the results (date, time, pulse, and systolic and diastolic numbers) appear in large font on the screen
- Also shows data is ddisplayed in flashing graphical format indicating your BP on the blood pressure scale
- Provides ability to track your history
- You can browse through the FAQ to know more about BP measurement
- share results via e-mail.
- The app also calculates your average BP and compares your risk of hypertension to World Health Organization figures.
CNET presented a through review of iHealth Blood Pressure Dock and reported...
- The arm cuff comes only in one size and could be tall for many individuals.
- The prerelease app lacks multiple accounts, so homes with multiple hypertension patients have no way of easily determining or extracting their separate numbers.
- Lack of USB charging port limits ability to run the dock to its included cords.
- Sometimes the readings were off, especially the calibration for readouts with higher numbers than the individual’s baseline. Other times, the readouts seemed spot-on.
The iHealth blood pressure dock in my mind a useful gadget. The positive point is that it makes tracking of your blood pressure and management of the data easy. iHealth labs may have to make improvements in its app and the device itself as indicated by some of the limitations, but overall it is makes life of chronic hypertension patients easy by providing a user friendly tooll to monitor BP and heart rate.