Thursday, May 23, 2013

Scanadu Scout shows us our Medical Future

If you think there's isn't anything else that could possibly be crammed into smartphones, that now have FullHD screens, high-resolution cameras (two!), motion sensors, GPS, temperature sensors, and even barometric sensors... Maybe you'll want to consider what this Scanadu Scout has to offer - and most importantly, just how much it may affect future mobile devices.

Instead of adding features that are nothing but a gimmick for you to show off, the SCOUT is a health monitor that allows you to track things like your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and even blood oxygen level (among other things).

To use it you need only place it on your forehead for a few seconds, and you can then see all the info on your smartphone or tablet.

It isn't exactly cheap ($199), but one can imagine it to be just like GPS devices. A decade ago, GPS systems were expensive devices only a few could afford; today, you have it even in the least expensive smartphone devices and you don't even think about it. I bet a decade from now, our mobile devices, whatever they may be (tablets, smartphones, smart glasses, smart watches, smart clothing, etc.) will be able to monitor everything about out health, alerting us to potential problems before they reach a critical level.

What will come next? Maybe by then we'll have technology that will allow us to heal our own body should the need arise!

So, you don't have to worry about "not having anything more" to put into our smart devices. There's still a long way to go.

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