It can be used by healthy people to catch early signs of disease.
Google‘s secretive Google X research division has come up with a health-tracking wristband that will relay real-time patient data to physicians and researchers.
The company plans to start testing the device this summer, which will feature sensors capable of measuring heart rhythm, skin temperature, and pulse rate, along with light and noise level exposure.
The search giant has already ventured into the medical wearable market with its Android Wear software platform, used in LG smartwatches, that are also capable of measuring health related data.
Bloomberg cited Google life sciences team head Andy Conrad as saying that the present generation ofwearable devices are not rigorous enough for research.
According to Medidata mobile health managing director Kara Dennis, doctors and researchers have been struggling to find a device that is easy to use and is capable of tracking patients’ vital signs outside of a lab, but with the introduction of an accurate, reliable wrist sensor this scenario could change.
Conrad said: "I envision a day, in 20 or 30 years, where physicians give it to all patients.
"Prevention means all the time."
The company plans to team up with academic researchers and drug makers to test the band’s accuracy, in order to get regulatory clearance in Europe and the US, and it is also looking for manufacturing partners to bring the device to the market.