A device called Cue puts lab-quality medical testing in the hands of consumers.
San Diego, California-based technology company Cue has recently revealed its new product by the same name – a deep health tracking device that people can use to test and analyze tiny samples of their biofluids at home.
Cue allows users to have their biofluid samples tested and analyzed in real time and in any location. To use the device, people simply need to collect a tiny sample of biofluid — such as a drop of blood, saliva or nasal swab — with the Sample Wand that comes with the health tracking device, and then slide the sample into the cartridge. In just a few minutes, Cue can analyze the sample and then send the results via Bluetooth to the Cue smartphone app.
The deep health tracker is built with an advanced composite microfluidic system and state-of- the-art biosensors to enable it to convert a biological sample into information that is useful and significant to the user.
With Cue, users can track five health and lifestyle indicators: inflammation, influenza, vitamin D, fertility, and testosterone.
The Cue smartphone app presents the user with interactive charts showing information about their health. Users can also log in their food intake and their activities into the app. The app provides health alerts and reminders and even syncs with the user’s smartphone calendar and weather applications to give the user related information to help them stay on top of their health. Cue users can test themselves as often as they want and the app will be able to show them their health data and trends.
The Cue app also has a FluMap feature that shows the user a visualization of the spread of flu in their community. That way, users can prepare themselves and if Cue detects the Flu, they can get the proper treatment as soon as possible.
In a press release, Ayub Khattak, Cue co-founder and CEO, said,
We created Cue as a tool for people who are interested in connecting with their health in a much more direct, intuitive, and powerful way than ever before. People can now keep daily track of measurements that used to be available only on a yearly or bi-yearly basis. We brought together the best minds and spent over four years creating the most advanced consumer health product we have ever seen.
Clint Sever, Cue co-founder and Chief Product Officer, added,
Our uncompromising focus on creating a simple user interface led us to develop incredible new technology that combines time-tested laboratory fundamentals with breakthrough hardware architecture, all packed into an amazing and timeless form. We worked to make sure that Cue delivered meaningful Information in a way that can be understood without a medical degree. The result of this approach is a product that opens up an entirely new world of possibilities for understanding and improving our health.
The health tracker is currently available for pre-order from the Cue website. Interested buyers can order Cue for a special pre-order price of $199, which includes a bonus set of cartridges, and expect their product to ship in the spring of 2015. The device will retail at $300 at launch. Buyers will also be able to buy additional cartridges and the travel case through the Cue website.