The Gates Foundation and Wired Magazine commissioned Yves Behar’s studio fuseproject to develop a concept for a diagnostic health care device that will help treat chronic diseases in developing countries.
fuseproject came up with Kernel or ‘Kernel of Life,’ a cloud-based test and treatment device that features a four quadrant bio-sensing absorbent pad and connects via Bluetooth to a mobile app.
The bio-sensing absorbent pad can test samples like blood, saliva, breath, and urine. The test results are then transmitted to a mobile app which connects to the cloud, therefore, allowing patients to be regularly monitored remotely. The device is also able to provide users with reminders like time to take medicine or visit the doctor.
Kernel is designed to make it easy to diagnose and treat illnesses in areas where the nearest physician is not easily accessible to the patient.
The device is still in the concept phase. According to the project page on fuseproject’s website, the device doesn’t exist just yet because the required sensors are ‘not cheap or robust enough for a wearable device,’ but the studio believes they will be in five to ten years.