March 10th 2014
By Mike Flaminio
Quantified health is a booming sector for mobile. Gadgets, software, and gizmos to measure activity and health was one of the big themes this year at CES. Wello is an iPhone case with a an array of sensors to give a snapshot of your body's vitals. Heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen, respiration, temperature, and other measurements. What's really cool is it will sync with other fitness gadgets. No specifics on that are given, but likely the apps that currently talk together with an open format will be supported.
The case should hold a charge for two months, although I'd guess that would depend on how frequently it's used.
The concept looks interesting. The idea of putting it on a phone case means you've got it where ever you're at, which will mean you'll be more likely to check your vitals. As an instrument though, I might prefer it as a Bluetooth device that wouldn't lock me into a specific phone or require me to put it on as a case when I wanted to use it.
Wello is available now for pre-order for $199.