Fitbit Wants To Shine A Light On Sleep Apnea

Fitbit Wants To Shine A Light On Sleep Apnea
Design

Fitbit is creating a wearable, worn while asleep, that detects whether or not someone has sleep apnea

Zack Palm
  • 26 june 2017

Fitbit, the wearable fitness tracking company, plans to create a wearable to detect sleep apnea, a disorder that causes a person to have trouble breathing, or to stop breathing, while asleep.

The device will monitor the wearer’s blood oxygen levels while they sleep by using a small light to scan their skin. The light searches for inconsistencies in blood oxygen and identifies the color of the wearer’s blood. A person with red blood cells has plenty of oxygen, while those with bluer blood cells have less oxygen. After a time, the device notifies the wearer if they need to consult a doctor about the condition. Those who already have sleep apnea can use the device to determine how well their current treatment works for them.

This unnamed device may enter the market within a year, though Fitbit has yet announce further details about it.

Fitbit

Fitbit, the wearable fitness tracking company, plans to create a wearable to detect sleep apnea, a disorder that causes a person to have trouble breathing, or to stop breathing, while asleep.

The device will monitor the wearer’s blood oxygen levels while they sleep by using a small light to scan their skin. The light searches for inconsistencies in blood oxygen and identifies the color of the wearer’s blood. A person with red blood cells has plenty of oxygen, while those with bluer blood cells have less oxygen. After a time, the device notifies the wearer if they need to consult a doctor about the condition. Those who already have sleep apnea can use the device to determine how well their current treatment works for them.

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