Not all health and fitness smart devices launched this year will wrap around the user’s wrist (or even ankle for some products), but also around your mobile devices. Wello is such a product, a smartphone case that has some advanced health-tracking features in mind, and comes both with iPhone and Android support. Thanks to special embedded sensors, Wello can track blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and lung function (via a special spirometer) with “clinical accuracy,” The Next Web says, feeding back the stats via a Bluetooth connection to the smartphone where they can be viewed inside a companion app, and shared if necessary.
Additionally, the Wello case also integrates with any wearable devices that have Bluetooth LE connectivity, including Fitbit or Jawbone. “We made it very, very simple to use,” Azoi Mobile Technologies CEO Hamish Patel said. “Anyone not familiar with technology – like my grandmother – if they were to have this they just have to slip on this [case], put their fingers here [on the sensors] and wait a few seconds…[the results] can then be shared with anyone. Over time, you start seeing patterns and that allows you to make much better lifestyle choices.”
The Wello will launch in 35 countries later this year, and will cost $199. However, the company plans to offer Wello buyers an extra perk, the ability to upgrade smartphones without losing Wello compatibility – the “brain” of the device can be moved around in different cases, which would be sold for a low price in the future.
The Wello can already be pre-ordered in the UK and Europe for £145 and €120, respectively, where it will ship this summer. The device will also available for pre-order in other markets including U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. In the U.S., the device will ship in fall 2014, assuming it’s approved by the FDA.