While high-profile tech IPOs always whip the market into a frenzy, there’s no doubt that wearable technology is one of the fastest-growing tech industries.
Unlike some other trends that are heavy on hype but low on substance, this one is legit.
Case in point: Israeli firm Nuvo Group has designed a groundbreaking new product for pregnant women.
The PregSense is a wearable device that constantly monitors the health of unborn babies, sending the data to the wearer’s smartphone (and doctors) via Bluetooth.
According to one PregSense user, “It connects me a lot more with the fetus. I’ll hear it whenever I want and it will be easier for me. I also won’t have to be dependent on a doctor. At any given time, I’ll be able to connect, to see and hear.”
Needless to say, with the ability to monitor a baby’s health at any time, it will allow doctors to react to any problems far sooner. And as with anything health-related, the earlier a problem is detected and diagnosed, the better chance there is of a positive outcome.
As Nuvo Advisory Board Member and physician, Professor Varda Shalev, states, “It’s the first time that you have a huge amount of data of women and babies together – things like heart rate, kickings, the position of the fetus, etc. – and we’ll be able to analyze this data to predict about pregnancy events, like pre-term labor, pre-eclampsia, and more – and we’ll be able to intervene in the right time.”
As it is now, women who experience difficulties in the late stages of pregnancy are admitted to the hospital and monitored with heavy, static machines and ultrasonic scans. But aside from the increased mobility that PregSense offers, Nuvo also says the sensors on its wearable device are safer than ultrasound, which can sometimes cause tissue damage.
Here’s a look at how it works…
Nuvo says the PregSense will be available by the end of this year, at a cost of $250 – a small price to pay when it comes to monitoring a baby’s health.