Google’s New Health Wearable Delivers Constant Patient Monitoring


Often when we think of the wearable tech category, we imagine consumer-focused general purpose devices like Fitbit’s range or the Apple Watch. Google has unveiled a new niche device that’s designed to do serious work in a specific setting, however, with a health-focused wristband that provides constant patient information for participants in medical studies and clinical field trials.

The device, as described by Bloomberg, is the product of Google X, the experimental group within the search giant that is responsible for some of its more noteworthy “moon shot” projects, including Google Glass, its driverless cars and Project Loon. The health wristband can monitor pulse, heart rhythm, skin temperature, light exposure and noise levels, providing valuable data not just about a patient, but about their surroundings, too.

Where this niche wearable differs from those aimed at the more broad consumer market is mostly in accuracy; the readings it takes are…

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