iHealth Lab made an unexpected move this week at CES: It unveiled the iHealth Smart Glucometer, which attaches to the iPhone the same way Sanofi's iBGStar device does. iHealth Lab announced more than just the glucose meter: It also unveiled a Bluetooth-enabled version of its Blood Pressure Dock and a new design for its Wireless Body Fat Scale. The company expects to begin shipping each of the three devices during second half of 2012, pending clearance from the FDA, of course.
The iHealth Smart GlucoMeter, a dongle similar in design to the Agamatrix-built, Sanofi-branded iBGStar, connects to iOS devices via the dock connector. iHealth Lab says the device will work with iPhone touch, iPhone, and iPad devices. (iBGStar only seems to work with iPod touch and iPhone devices.) It is unclear whether iHealth is planning to make its own test strips or partner up for those, but the press release describes them as "industry standard test strips". The device works with a free companion app, also developed by iHealth Lab, that charts blood glucose readings in 7-day, 14-day, or 30-day averages. Users can also use the app to remind them to take readings, manage their measurement records, schedule medication reminders, and share test results with care providers (which means the results can be emailed probably).
The second generation Blood Pressure Cuff now transmits data via a Bluetooth connection, but otherwise retains the same features of the wired model. The newly redesigned weight scale brings a more stylish look to the device in line with scales from competitors Withings and (new competitor) Fitbit, but it appears to be a solely aesthetic update.
In addition, all three devices will upload their collected data to a newly launched cloud service, which is already available for free to owners of the first generation weight scale and blood pressure dock. (Users must download the latest update for each device's companion app to access the service.)
“These products further exemplify our desire and passion for truly helping people manage personal health while improving their well-being and we greatly look forward to bringing them to market in 2012," stated Adam Lin, GM of iHealth Lab, in a press release. “iHealth is excited to expand its robust product offering by assisting users to manage chronic and often life-altering health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.”
Read the press release below.
PRESS RELEASE -- iHealth Lab Inc., the pioneering designer and manufacturer of mobile personal healthcare products for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, today unveiled three new additions to its suite of devices: iHealth Smart GlucoMeter, iHealth Wireless Body Fat Scale, and iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
The new Smart GlucoMeter is a breakthrough product giving users who need to regularly monitor blood glucose levels a more portable and effortless system for keeping their blood sugar in check. While the Wireless Body Fat Scale and Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor significantly advances iHealth’s successful first generation Blood Pressure Dock and Digital Scale. Each of these new products further emphasize iHealth’s commitment to delivering easy-to-use devices and apps that make it simple for you to test, track and graph your health.
As with existing iHealth devices, users of these products and their companion mobile apps will be able to take full advantage of the iHealth Cloud Service to instantly back-up and store their results in the cloud.
“These products further exemplify our desire and passion for truly helping people manage personal health while improving their well-being and we greatly look forward to bringing them to market in 2012," said Adam Lin, GM of iHealth Lab. “iHealth is excited to expand its robust product offering by assisting users to manage chronic and often life-altering health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.”
The iHealth Smart GlucoMeter lets users test blood glucose levels and test, graph and share blood glucose results. The system utilizes industry standard test strips and a specially designed iHealth test strip reader that attaches to an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.
Using the companion iHealth App, users can chart their historical blood glucose readings showing 7-day, 14-day, or 30-day test result averages with colorful, easy-to-read graphics. The App helps automate the management of multiple measurement points in the daily life of a diabetic. They can easily manage their measurement records, create customized measurement plans, and even create medication reminders. Users can also instantaneously share the results with their doctor or loved ones. Finally, the App features a reference FAQ with helpful information about diabetes mellitus.
The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor lets users, for the very first time test, track and share their blood pressure – wirelessly. Using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, they can connect their iOS device via Bluetooth technology to a comfortable, soft blood pressure cuff.
The companion iHealth App includes an easy-to-use interface with data and graphics that allows users to view their blood pressure numbers, track them over time, and run reports. They can easily access historical data sets, view patterns by date and time of day and create custom graphs and charts as well as instantaneously share the results with their doctor, or loved ones. Additionally, the App contains reference FAQs for helpful information about diabetes mellitus.
The iHealth Wireless Body Fat Scale reads and records vital body composition components such as weight, body fat, and muscle mass directly on an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. A unique design based on human body engineering automates user identification so that multiple users on multiple mobile devices can share a single scale.
With the companion iHealth App, users can track progress and organize records with simple, personalized graph tools. Using the My Plan feature, they can set target goals for weight management. They can also easily share one-time readings or long-term trends with healthcare providers, fitness buddies or friends and family.
Pending FDA approval, these products will be available for purchase in the 2nd half of 2012 at www.ihealth99.com, and national retailers. Pricing has not yet been determined. The companion iHealth apps will be a free download in the iTunes App Store. The companion iHealth App will be available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.iTunes.com/AppStore.
About iHealth Lab Inc.
iHealth Lab designs and manufactures consumer-friendly, mobile personal healthcare products. The company focuses on delivering easy-to-use products that make it simple for you to test, track, graph, and share your health information regularly. iHealth has developed a suite of personal healthcare devices designed for the iOS mobile platform. Visit www.ihealth99.com for more information.