Muse Wearables, a IIT Madras-incubated startup is developing a wearable tracker like a wristband that measures body vitals for early detection of Covid-19 symptoms such as skin temperature, Heart Rate and SpO2 (Blood Oxygen saturation) sensing
The tracker is Bluetooth-enabled and can be connected to the mobile phone via an app called the Muse Health App.
How does the Bluetooth-enabled Covid-19 tracker work?
“Our Muse Health App has the ability to get notifications from other apps and send it to our tracker. Upon receiving notifications, the tracker will vibrate and indicate via LED to update the user,” said Ajay Yathindra, CPO, Conzumex Industries.
The user vitals (temperature, heart rate, SpO2 levels) and activity data are stored on the phone as well as a remote server. Administrative access can also be provided for centralized monitoring of people in containment areas for Covid-19 symptoms.
The tracker can get notifications from the Arogya Setu App and raise an alert to the user when he enters a Covid Containment Zone. The startup hopes to be able to bring out the first batch of finalized products in the next 20 days.
“We have created our backend such that users can trigger an SOS alert in case of emergencies, which will be followed up through tele consultations,” said Yathindra.
We are creating a Digital Health ID for every user so that users can choose to share their health data with others like doctors etc by providing access to their health ID,” he added.
How will this wearable tracker help people?
These Covid-19 trackers created by the IIT Madras incubated startup will help the current situation in early hypoxia detection as well as patient care and will lead to a better health Management of suspected patients or localities.
It will also help normal people in proactive monitoring of their health.
The wearable tracker’s major objective is to enable remote detection of Covid-19 and monitoring of Covid-19 patients by providing a low-cost solution that is accessible to everyone.
“Our main objective with this product is to facilitate identification of patients who have Covid pneumonia sooner so that they can be treated more effectively,” said K Prathyusha, Chief Operating Officer, and Head of Hardware Engineering, Conzumex Industries, which operates Muse Wearables.
“With continuous temperature and SpO2 monitoring, we will be able to detect silent hypoxia (an early symptom of Coronavirus infection even in asymptomatic patients) at an early stage,” she said.
This will also help the general public for proactive health monitoring along with fitness tracking and sleep tracking, she added about the other uses fort the wristband-like tracker.
Product design for Covid-19 tracker completed
Muse Wearables, which was incubated by IIT Madras Incubation Cell, has already completed product design for the tracker and are now working on finalizing and fabricating the product.
They have also initiated work on the manufacturing moulds. They will also be filing IP (Intellectual Property) for the developed technology.
Features of the wearable tracker by IIT Madras startup
The unique features of the wearable tracker being created by the IIT Madras startup include:
- Comfortable to wear on the wrist at all times as compared to a fingertip based SPO2 sensor
- Wrist based continuous SpO2, skin temperature and heart rate tracking
- Remote monitoring of patient vitals by doctors etc
- Automatic alerts and emergency response system if a user’s vitals are out of range
- Automatic Activity Tracking (Steps, Calories, Distance)
- Automatic Sleep Tracking
- Long Battery Life (up to 4 weeks on a single charge)
Users can raise an Emergency Alert (SOS) in case of any difficulty and the alert raised when body temperature is higher than the threshold.
Alerts are also raised when SpO2 levels are too low or when the user is entering into a COVID containment area.
When will the wristband-like Covid-19 tracker be available?
Priced at around Rs. 3500/-, this new wearable product will soon be deployed in the market for consumers across all the 70 countries that the IIT Madras startup currently sells in.