Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 02, 2014

iHeart Helps Determine Inner Age

A current Indiegogo campaign urges people to look inside to determine their respective ages. Instead of counting the number of times the earth has circled the sun since a user's birthday, he or she can use the iHeart Physiological Age System to determine his or her aortic stiffness, a measure of elasticity of the walls of the heart.

The iHeart is a small oximeter worn on a user's fingertip. A user simply clips the monitor onto the end of his finger. He leaves the device on his finger for 30 seconds and waits for it to analyze his pulse before sending information to his iPhone or iPad. By measuring the user's pulse, it is able to define the waves of blood flow and, from that information, determine aortic stiffness.

“The iHeart device has market leading resolution and sampling speed, there are no other oximeters like it,” the campaign states. “The iHeart can see deep into your pulse to define waves in the blood flow. This provides accurate measurement of aortic pulse wave velocity and paired with our app and measurement methods (patent pending) determine your physiological age."

The color screen on the iHeart displays several pieces of information related to the health of each user. It shows a user's pulse shape as it relates to his heart rate in beats per minute and displays his blood oxygen level. The device also provides information about its battery life and the status of its Bluetooth connectivity—whether or not it is connected to a separate mobile device.

Users can track their results over time by viewing their health reports through the iPhone and iPad app and online through their www.iheartalive.com personal accounts. With healthy lifestyles choices, the campaign says, people can lower their physiological ages. The device's creators even recommend using iHeart before and after stints of exercise to show users how physical exertion can positive affect their bodies. The iHeart device has been through beta testing and is expected to launch by February 2015 if funding allows. The campaign will remain live from Oct. 27 to Dec. 26 and has, at the printing of this article, reached beyond the halfway mark of its goal of $25,000.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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