A tech company from Ahmedabad, Azoi has invented a smartphone case that can read user’s vitals like blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, lung function and produce an ECG “with clinical accuracy” in about 30 seconds!
Named “Wello”, the instrument can fit an iPhone or an Android phone snugly, looks impossibly sleek. “We had to cut out parts of the case to make it believable,” Hamish confides. “A lot of people don’t believe there’s something inside.,” he adds. There is 2000 dollars worth of equipment on this device, he explains. Wello is a first cuffless monitoring device for blood pressure, claims Patel. To measure the oxygen levels in a person, Wello comes with an attachment for the person to blow in, which will then measure the lung function and oxygen level. The readings will be linked to an app and will be displayed on your phone screen. Wello will identify the user’s normal range after a few uses, will point out the progress made in case of a fitness regime being followed up, or will warn if some reading is beyond clinically accepted range.
Imagine it’s use in Africa or India where thousands of villages don’t have any lab facilities across tens of miles. Even the available labs also are so expensive, the poor would rather go without getting a test done than loose the money. So this one simple device will act like a vital healthcare unit for an entire village, explained Azoi’s founder Hamish Patel. The device is available on pre-order in 34 countries for a price of 200 USD. The US FDA permissions are being sought, explained Patel.