According to the 2014 National Diabetes Report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 30.3 million people in the U.S alone have diabetes. Personally, I know several family and friends who are living with this incurable disease. I have watched as they prick themselves for blood every few hours. I do not know how they are able to do this at least 5 times a day. For diabetics, it has become second nature, but…what if there was a form of technology that could measure glucose without every needing to use a needle.
This technology may be here sooner than many of us know. One wearable developer, Echo Labs has made the unthinkable possible. According to IT Business Edge, by using optic signals, Echo Labs has developed a method of using wearable technology to gather individuals’ health data.
The current prototype is able to measure PH, oxygen, CO2, hydration and blood pressure levels. The wristband is able to gather the information by measuring blood content with a light and proprietary algorithm. In simple terms, this wearable is sending electromagnetic waves through the skin and tissue; it then uses light frequencies to determine the molecular concentration of the blood.
Echo labs end goal of the wearable is to be able to measure glucose levels. This technology would be a major breakthrough for diabetics. However, there has yet to be a team able to find a needless way to measure glucose. Many companies have tried to crack this “glucose problem”, even tech giant, Apple. But Echo Labs founders Pierre-Jean Cobut and Elad Feber believe their algorithm is capable of measuring glucose. Ferber said he thinks his team could crack the glucose problem in a few years. Needless to say, this technology would be a major breakthrough for diabetics.
Other app leaders focused on care (diabetes, cancer, cardiac issues, medication tracking, etc.) include Advanced Health, Clinical Ink, Glooko and Orthosensor.
The only question left is “Are we (the consumers) going to be able to accept the constant monitoring of our health data?”