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Biometrics for healthcare wearables developed by Valencell, exhibited at CES

‘Biofeedback’ to support psychedelic pharmaceuticals research
Biometrics for healthcare wearables developed by Valencell, exhibited at CES

Valencell has announced the development of an upgraded biometric blood pressure measuring technology for wearables that does not require calibration or a worn cuff. Meanwhile, biometric wearables are among the prominent emerging product categories at this year’s online Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, with announcements by Nuralogix, MoviWear, Icon.ai, and Cybin has partnered with Kernel to measure neurological symbols.

The biometric sensor developed by Valencell will soon be available for wearable OEMs, according to the report. The company says it developed the sensor to provide blood pressure monitoring without the inconvenience of cuffs, and that it is hoping to receive FDA clearance this year.

The company notes that a national survey it conducted shows nearly two-thirds of Americans with hypertension measure their blood pressure much less than is recommended by health experts.

“Huge opportunities exist to ease the burden of blood pressure monitoring and reduce the cost of healthcare with non-invasive sensor technology embedded in devices people wear every day,” states Valencell Co-founder and President Dr. Steven LeBoeuf.

Biometric wearables unveiled at CES

A new contactless health-tracking app developed by Nuralogix, which like Valencell the company touts as a cuffless alternative for blood pressure measurement, is being showcased at CES 2021.

The Anura app’s biometric capabilities also include heart rate and stress level measurement, and the company says research and clinical studies indicate it measures those and other physical indexes like BMI and cardiovascular disease risk with medical grade accuracy. The app also evaluates psychological indicators, and returns results in only 30 seconds.

MoviWear is exhibiting its medical platform for wearables, which reads vital signs from multiple devices simultaneously through the cloud, at CES 2021.

The Infinity IoT Box is placed near the individual being monitored, or worn as a pendant. It communicates with Bluetooth, records data in real-time and stores it in the MoviWearMed app for access by users or caregivers. The platform also delivers immediate alerts in the event of changes in heart rate, blood pressure, temperature or oxygen, according to the announcement.

MoviWear also offers the 5G NurtureWatch, which has similar functions to the Infinity IoT Box.

The company is participating in CES as part of a delegation supported by the Government of Ontario, in which Canadian province it is based.

Icon.ai has launched the 2-in-1 Smart Healthcare Device with a range of biometric health sensors, communication and computing capabilities along with a Detachable Health Tracker and a Smart Display Speaker.

The company describes the Detachable Health Tracker as a personal health assistant the user can carry in a pocket. The device reads heart rate trends and variability, blood pressure trends, Sp02 (oxygen level), ECG and PPG in around a minute, according to the announcement.

The Smart Display Speaker includes Alexa voice assistant capabilities, along with an LCD touchscreen, a 5W speaker, and Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

The company is also exhibiting an upgraded smart mirror at CES 2021.

Partnership brings brain activity scanning to psychedelic therapies

Cybin has partnered with Kernel to use the Flow helmet as a way to measure cortical hemodynamics in real time to analyze brain activity during treatment of mental illnesses with psychedelic pharmaceutical therapies.

The partnership will allow Cybin to use the Kernel Flow in sponsored clinical work it plans to undertake soon, according to the announcement, to measure what it calls ‘biofeedback.’

Kernel Flow is a head-mounted wearable with a time-domain functional near-infrared spectroscopy system to detect changes in blood-flow with light pulses.

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