Steve LeBoeuf, president of Valencell, said the ear is one of the best places to measure blood pressure because there is plenty of blood flow and a good heart rate reading, according tomedia reports. And usually it keeps the same distance from the heart of the human body. Valencell believes the next major breakthrough in health monitoring wearables could be through earplugs. The U.S.-based biometrics company is working this year to bring headsets that monitor users’ blood pressure to market.
CNET’s Scott Stein tested Valencell’s earbud prototype at CES. When some basic information is collected and submitted for the 30-second test, the results pop up on the smartphone app.
Pictures shared bymedia show that the prototype looks like a hearing aid.
LeBoeuf said the company plans to present its findings to the American College of Cardiology this year. Since they initially chose to follow the path of “general health” devices, this time helped them avoid some of the stricter FDA regulations.
It is reported that the first evaluation prototype kit for partners is expected to be shipped on February 2. If all goes well, the consumer product with blood pressure monitoring will be available by the end of the year.