Google has unveiled an experimental new health tracker built for medical studies.
Google has revealed a new health-focused, wearable device built to provide accurate patient data to doctors and those running clinical trials. Built by the Google X division, the device is not intended as a consumer product, and will instead be prescribed by medical institutions.
The experimental device, developed within the company's Google X research division, can measure pulse, heart rhythm and skin temperature, and also environmental information like light exposure and noise levels. It won't be marketed as a consumer device, said Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google.
The new band will continuously gather information and send it to doctors. Both Google and doctors hope the the device will combat the problems of unreliable patients and testers. Regulatory approval is still required in both the U.S. and Europe, and the company hopes to start trials with the band this summer.