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AmpStrip biometric wearable sticks directly to skin


AmpStrip demonstrated at last week’s CES 2015 its new wireless fitness wearable Band-Aid that sticks directly to the user’s skin, according to a report by Tech Sources.

The digital, wireless Band-Aid is able to track the user’s heart rate and movement, and then transmits the data via Bluetooth to their smartphone. And since it sticks directly to the skin, the wearable provides more accurate biometric readings, said AmpStrip.

The 3.5-inches long and an inch wide device Band-Aid comes in two halves. The top layer – the part that is designed to be kept — contains the main components in a rubberized shell.

Both waterproof and flexible, the top layer is made out of medical grade silicone and can store enough memory for up to 24 hours of data.

The bottom layer is a self-adhesive strip with integrated sensor probes. AmpStrip recommends that users wear the strip on the left side of their body, against their ribs.

AmpStrip said the strip lasts for 3 to 7 days, depending on the user’s physical activities.

The company is initially offering one type of strip that can withstand swimming workouts and “strenuous whole body efforts,” but plans to later introduce several different types intended for other levels of activity.

A 20 mAh battery lasts up to seven days, which can be charged wirelessly in 2 to 3 hours.

The company is currently developing its own iOS and Android apps, but will also transmit data into third-party platforms like EndoMondo, RunKeeper, Strava, MapMyRun, and more.

In addition to heart rate and heart rate zones, the device monitors resting heart rate while sleeping and recovery times, respiration and skin temperature, steps, and calorific burn, as well as posture, active versus idle time, sleep, and stress levels.

AmpStrip has already raised $200,000 of its $50,000 Indiegogo goal, and is expected to ship the product to customers in June. The product will have a retail price of $149.99.

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