BARCELONA -- Though the accuracy of at-home mobile health monitors and heart trackers are still up for debate, the burgeoning industry continues to churn out health-related smart devices. The MD, touted as the "world's smallest 5-in-1 health monitor" is one of the newest products to enter the market and was showcased this week during MWC 2015.
The MD is manufactured by B-ON, and the company asserts that the device can measure a user's electrocardiogram (EKG) activity, blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen levels and body temperature, at a 95 percent rate accuracy.
The monitor is about the size of a bulbous compact mirror. On the bottom is one of the three touch sensors that measure EKG levels. A separate pump valve is also at the bottom and can attach to an arm cuff outfitted with a mount. Together, they can measure your blood pressure.
By placing your finger on the top sensor, the MD can measure your blood-oxygen level and heart rate, and a separate sensor on the other side can read your body temperature when you place it against your forehead.
All of this information is then fed into a mobile app, where users can keep track of all these readings. Doctors can also use it to monitor their patients' stats. Again, interested consumers should be cautious of the findings from any mobile health consumer product, as the most accurate readings can be found in a doctor's office or health clinic. Still, the MD may still provide useful information for those who want to gauge how their body is doing at a glance or over time.
The device will be available in May for $199, and B-ON is currently looking for distributors in retail stores and pharmacies.