This tiny sensor could bring blood pressure monitoring to wearables


Chris Smith

  • Photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor maker Valencell announced a new sensor that can measure blood pressure with a simple touch.
  • The device collects blood flow data, inertial data and combines it with the subject’s physical characteristics to determine blood pressure readings. Valencell says the algorithm offers comparable results with traditional blood pressure measurement devices.
  • Valencell is pursuing FDA clearance for the tech, which might find its way into various wearable devices.

The tiny device next to the quarter in the image above is a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor made by Valencell. The company has developed a technology that allows wearable devices to measure various parameters, including heart rate and blood oxygenation. The sensor above has a different purpose, one that we might soon see in actual products. The new Valencell PPG sensor might bring cuffless blood pressure monitoring features to future wearables.

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