Being able to measure various variables at any time conveniently and gathering the data online is great and in such a future we will be able to monitor health, diagnose disease and prevent adverse outcomes of those diseases very easily.
In a recent patent whose diagrams are shown in this post, by Fitbit Inc , a blood pressure sensor is shown on a wearable device. Such sensors have been developed before by toshiba but this one is more likely to be in a final product for consumers. The technology is pretty simple and therefore its accuracy may be low. Developing blood pressure sensors is difficult and as mentioned in the patent and speculated by the community, such a sensor will heavily depend on algorithms that give a more accurate reading based on other variables.
Many companies are attempting to introduce such sensors to their products, although from all of them Fitbit may be the best. As someone who has used an activity tracker and got bored after only a month of having to charge it once a week, i am sure that this feature will only apply to a small niche that is really interested in health and fitness.
There have been rumours on it since this patent came out and people are thinking how this device might look as a finished product. I think Fitbit might want to wait and develop this device a bit more carefully, and if that’s true i would expect it to come out at some point in 2019. I would also like to see a better design but those who like Fitbits like them as is. So i will probably stay with my oozoo watch and wait for a more stylish activity tracker for men.
But let me know if you like it, what do you think in the comments.
Sources: Blood pressure sensors