Cue is the detailed connected health monitor on which you spit

By Daniel Rubino on 13 May 2014 08:44 am
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If you thought smartwatches and cars were the only big connected technologies coming in the next 24 months, you would be missing perhaps the biggest and most intriguing one for health and fitness: Cue. Instead of measuring your heart rate or sleep patterns, Cue goes for actual bio-testing of fertility (Luteinizing Hormone), testosterone, influenza, vitamin D and inflammation. Now you can place lab tech right in the privacy of your own home!

That's the good news. The bad news is this sophisticated unit that works via Bluetooth to your smartphone isn't expected to be available until spring 2015, after FDA approval. Still, that's not stopping the company from taking preorders today for a fair $149 for the first 1,000 orders (it jumps to $199 afterwards).

Cue works by analyzing your saliva, blood or nasal swap for various categories like the aforementioned ones, which tend to be the most common. Once the analysis s completed, the results are sent to your smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 (Cue's video shows an iPhone, but there might be compatibility with other devices), where you can peruse or share them with your doctor. Of course, the results aren't meant to replace your doctor, but rather facilitate discussion before your visit. Cue can also save quite a lot of money, as anyone with insurance in the US knows; lab tests aren't cheap.

As someone who used to work in healthcare, the notion of 'home tests' are fascinating. While they will rarely replicate in-house or lab-certified tests by such places as Quest, they are the next best thing and can help those who are tech savvy to stay ahead of the game. Assuming the tests hold up, and the FDA gives it a nod, would you be interested in such home monitoring? Let us know below.

Source: Cue; via Engadget

6 comments

Haytham Hamad

What?! interesting but i think this is pushing it a bit too far

Disturbed7716

I'll reserve final judgement until after FDA review, but it is a little intriguing. I know a few friends who have wives who track when they're supposed to be most fertile for trying to get pregnant, but this could give them some actual solid information. In other areas, could be helpful to know if I am coming down with something that needs antibiotics rather than just a cold to wait out.

Haytham Hamad

Yet i think this device with all the technology involved is going to come with a hefty price tag making it not feasible for occasional usage :/ maybe the device can be developed to test certain diseases or viruses for fast results when needed but i doubt it'll make sense for an end user.

phirefly

I'd buy this in a heartbeat if they support WP or at least W8.

SuperionMaximus

This looks like it belongs in Sickbay on the Starship Enterprise. I want one!!

c23rainman

This would be great! The ability to test at home could save a lot of money (as the article mentions). And at $149-199, you really can't beat it! I'm interested in seeing this type of smartware further developed.