3D-printed smartphone measures blood pressure has the potential to save lives, though it is currently unclear if the device is accurate enough in its readings.
If the technology proves to be reliable. it will help more people. Especially for those who are in developing countries, in detecting if they are at risk of heart disease.
The study published in Science Translational Medicine, the researchers from Michigan State University presented a 3D-printed case that can be attached to smartphones. The case comes with a button-like sensor. And when people press their finger to it, the app is able to measure their blood pressure.
The app provides users with visual feedback on the amount of pressure that the finger needs to apply.
High blood pressure may lead to heart attacks, kidney failure, and strokes. So it’s very important to measure blood pressure time to time. But measuring blood pressure outside of the hospital is difficult.
So there is a need of way to measure blood pressure in a portable and easy to use form. And users can be able to check their blood pressure multiple times in a day.
According to experts, the 3D-printed smartphone case will have to first prove that its blood pressure measurements are accurate. If the technology proves to be reliable, it may very well turn out to be a game-changer in the field of medical technology.
The 3D-printed smartphone case marks the increasing interest in giving medical applications to wearable device technology, as the focus on health expands across the world.
As Apple Watch and other smartwatches may potentially detects the early signs of diabetes. However, last year, a study suggested that the heart rate monitors on wearable devices may be suffering from accuracy problems.