Thursday, August 6, 2015

Accutension promises accurate blood pressure readings


There are lots of consumer devices that say they will measure your blood pressure, but how do you know that the readings they get are the same as what a doctor would get? The answer is, you don’t.

Junfeng Zhao, the inventor of Accutension, says most automatic blood pressure monitors employ their own algorithms for measurement and as a result, a patient gets different readings, depending on the monitor they use.

Zhao’s invention is a smartphone a tool that provides blood pressure readings based directly on sounds rather than algorithms, which results in more accurate, consistent and reliable measurements.

Accutension can work with a traditional sphygmomanometer or an automatic BPM or as a standalone kit with its own cuff. The sounds from the tube of the stethoscope are fed into the phone through a microphone. The smartphone records the blood pressure sounds and the Accutension app visualizes and displays them.

Accutension is the subject of Indiegogo campaign where backers can order the Accutension Stetho for $19 (to verify the readings from their own device) or a full kit for $59.


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