Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Vic Gundotra joins AliveCor for more accessible ECGs

Activity tracking and hear rate monitoring are just the first stage in the wearable health tracking era. AliveCor is already working beyond that, allowing anyone to record ECGs using their smartphones, which will allow the monitoring and detection of potential heart problems.

It may be just a coincidence that  Vic Gundotra joings AliveCor, a company specialized in affordable ECG sensors just a few months after leaving Google, where he headed the Google+ project that, as we all know, as been going downhill ever since (and maybe even before that). A trend that migh have caused Gundotra to need to keep a close eye on his heart. :)
Anyway, while the current generation of smartwatches and wearables allows you to track your heart rate, these AliveCor sensors allow you get a full medical-grade ECG that can provide much extra info - and even allowing you to detect some heart problems automatically (like the instant atrial fibrillation (AFib) detection).

Sure, the sensor itself is still a bit bulky, looking like a smartphone case, but at just $75 it certainly provides a great value for anyone wishing to keep a closer eye on their heart. Let's just hope that with Vic Gundotra as CEO, the future of AliveCor doesn't end up like Google+.

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