Ahmedabad-based Azoi mobile technologies has come up with a mobile case called Wello that also doubles up as a health tracker.
The device currently supports iPhones 4s, 5 and 5s and most Android devices that have BLE and run Android version 4.3 and up. However, in the case of Android devices, Wello will work only as a stand alone health tracker and not as a case. Since it uses BLE, the energy requirements are very low, so one can use it for up to two months on one charge.
It has two sensors at the back and two on top where you need to place your fingers for a few seconds to take the readings. Based on this data, it shows your blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen and temperature. The company also makes an add-on that can be used to measure lung functions. Azoi says it also allows users to sync data from the health tracker Fitbit on to Wello. The company says that it will offer support for more fitness trackers in the future.
As of now when one uses the device he will get all the stats but no actionable information and there is a high chance of people using this information for self diagnosis, which is pretty dangerous in itself. The company however, insists that it is not meant to replace your visits to the doctor. It can instead be used to create a daily log of your health, that may be of use for your doctors.
This is very different from the system followed by Vishal Gondal’s recently launched fitness tracker GoQii, which pairs the trackers with the services of fitness specialists and coaches. It would be interesting if Wello also has a backend that doctors could access or an API that can be integrated into various applications doctors and hospitals use to keep medical records of their patients.
Wello is priced at Rs 12,350 ($199) and pre-orders are currently open for people in USA, Canada, UK, EU, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.