Former Google X division Verily Life Sciences has developed a health-tracking smartwatch that will be used in longitudinal and observational health studies. The device is packed with an always-on display, sensors, and a long-lasting battery that is meant for serious medical studies like contact lenses capable of monitoring user’s glucose level, and MS observation. The watch is not designed with the general consumer in mind and will not be readily available.
Dubbed Study Watch, the device has a sleek, simple look and has multiple environmental and physiological sensors, designed to measure the relevant signals for movement disorders, spanning cardiovascular, and other areas. Tech Crunch notes that designed with long-term medical research in mind, the device has an immensely different set of hardware requirements than a standard smartwatch.
Verily Life Sciences’ health-tracking watch will be tasked with some important research, collecting vital signs for ongoing projects like the Personalized Parkinson’s Project. The device will also be employed for Baseline, a study designed to monitor the long-term vitals of over 170 individuals, in an effort to create the fullest picture of what a healthy body should be.
According to CNET, the encrypted data from Verily Life Sciences’ new health-tracking device would be uploaded and processed through the firm’s cloud service using algorithms and machine learning. The Alphabet subsidiary is hoping to use the device to collect info as part of projects that study the progression of certain diseases as well as how human bodies are affected by them over time.
Verily Life Sciences this week unveiled its health-focused wearable that is designed for large-scale medical studies. The watch has an e-paper like display, low power and the former Google life sciences division claims that the hardware’s battery life last a week. User’s health data is encrypted on the watch and processed in the cloud.
The smartwatch has a circular e-ink display which shows the time, date, and some basic instructions for the user. It collects electrocardiograms, heart rate, movement data, as well as measure of the electrical conductance of the skin. According to MIT Technology Review, it also detects ambient sound and light.
Verily Life Sciences’ research-focused health watch gathers a wearer’s heart rate and rhythms however, it only tells the date and time. The device looks like a traditional wrist watch and has a low-power e-ink type display. Alphabet’s life sciences spinoff said that it now has a way to continuously gather physiological info from volunteers.
Verily Life Sciences unveiled the smartwatch this week that it aims to deploy in large-scale medical studies. The research company said that while numerous wearables exist in the market, there is a specific need outside of these offerings such as the scalable collection of complex and rich datasets across observational and clinical studies. With Study Watch the company said it is looking to deploy an extremely scalable tool that can be used in studies which will involve thousands of individuals.
By Anila Maring
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