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IIIT Allahabad Student Develops a Smartwatch with 95% Diagnosis Accuracy Claim

Written by : Nikita Saha

April 23, 2024

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Currently, the device is not yet available for commercial use. The project is estimated to be completed by 2025.

A former IIIT Allahabad student has developed a smartwatch that will help in measuring pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature, etc. with an accuracy rate of more than 95%.

According to Pankaj Kumar, a former MTech (Biomedical engineering) student from IIIT Allahabad, the remote health monitoring device measures biological parameters and provides alerts during emergencies.

"The device will be able to continuously monitor the patient's health even while being away from him," said Kumar, who has developed the device under the guidance of Akhilesh Tiwari of the Department of Applied Science, IIIT-A.

Currently, the device is not yet available for commercial use. The developers are still in the process of adding more features and conducting clinical tests. The project is estimated to be completed by 2025.

Key Features

Once connected, the health data of the person concerned will be uploaded on the mobile phones of the doctor and family members.

Further, the results will be illuminated on the LED screen or can be monitored by mobile-based applications that provide data in real-time.

Reportedly, this wearable medical device will be able to track basic health parameters of the patient, such as heart rate and its variability, body temperature and its variability, pulse rate and its variability, patient's location, SMS alert, etc.

Further, the former IIT Allahabad student has plans to incorporate additional crucial features into the device. The device primarily targets elderly population, with the goal of simplifying their care and monitoring.

Most of the existing technologies do not provide accurate information as they work on algorithms. While, this device, according to Kumar, uses multiple sensors that will provide an accurate diagnosis, which can pave the way for fast and accurate treatment of patients.

"Currently, the device is in the prototype stage, and we are working to improve its features and accuracy. Once the features and accuracy will be tested and the results meet a satisfactory level of accuracy, we will move on to commercial production," Kumar informed.

The Rising Popularity of Smartwatches

Recently, numerous established and emerging startups have recognized the significance of portable and convenient health devices such as smartwatches.

Customers are also swiftly embracing smartwatches, as these devices not only serve as fashionable accessories but also provide valuable health data, enabling users to monitor and manage their health effectively.

Per reports, the smart wearable market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.9% by 2027. Moreover, it is expected to surge at a vigorous 13% CAGR from 2022 to 2032.

Existing players including Boat, Noise, Realme, Xiomi are providing health markers including smartwatches in the affordable segment.

However, for a long time, Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch series have dominated the premium health devices segment.

Recently, Withings, a globally renowned home-based care device maker is finally entering the Indian market with its range of products including smartwatches

The device will offer real-time health trackers as well as clinically validated health scans to enable users to monitor their health.


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