The vast majority of health wearables on the market today are perhaps more concerned with fitness than health. Products like the FitBit are a very accessible way for people to develop an active lifestyle, and have become very popular over the past couple of years. However, as customers use gateway tech like the FitBit, they’re likely to want to see what else wearables could do to help them stay fit and healthy. This has led to a marked increase in the amount of companies seeking to create out-and-out health wearables, products like the LifeTip which is currently being developed out in Rome.
The LifeTip keeps an eye on your heart to give you the peace of mind that everything is ticking away correctly. The device tracks your electrical heart activity and analyses the information it records to try and give you an idea of what is going on inside your body. It’s a great way of keeping an eye out for anyone who wants to know a bit more about their inner workings, but it can be particularly useful to a user who is at risk of unusual activity in the heart or even cardiac arrest. Best of all, the LifeTip doesn’t even need to be in direct contact with your skin to do its job.
The developers of the device recommend placing it either on your shirt or your bra, and from that point on it can work perfectly well, tracking your heart’s activity in the least invasive way possible. For women, since the device is intended to go under your outer layer of clothing, it has been made as small and unassuming as possible, the sort of thing that no one need even know that you’re wearing. On the other hand, since the male variant will usually be front and centre on the outside of your shirt, it’s a little larger and meant to be worn and seen. Thankfully, the device neatly avoids looking like a piece of technology attached to your person, instead going for a rather vibrant colour scheme that really works. There’s something of the Iron Man about the triangular body of the LifeTip, and all in all the design of the device comes together very well.
Of course, what it looks like is rather less important than how the thing works in a crisis. With a device like this, obviously you’ll be hoping that you’ll never have to use its emergency functions, but you can rest easy in the mind that it’s a very capable piece of equipment should the worst happen. Should your LifeTip recognize a deadly arrhythmia, it will be able to make an immediate call to the emergency services on your behalf—even if, at the time, you yourself are unconscious. This is the sort of functionality that makes the LifeTip a must-have for anyone who suffers from a heart ailment or is at risk due to heart disease or similar. Your LifeTip can also alert nearby people to your situation, inform them of what has happened and begin to talk them through what help you need, even going as far as giving instructions on how to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
All in all, this is very much a device that could save your life. There’s sometimes a sense that wearable technology is something of a novelty, and in many cases there’s an element of truth to that. A product like this demonstrates where wearables are heading in the very near future; a huge variety of different devices that are each highly specialized to provide a vital service to a niche group of people. Of course, health-focussed wearables aren’t the only sort of device that will be included in this progression, but they’re an excellent example of the sort of hugely important work that can be done in the field of wearables. Almost any known heart condition can cause cardiac arrest, but it is reversible if it can be given the proper treatment as quickly as possible. Never before has this sort of technology been so readily available to those at risk, never mind in a form that they can wear on a day to day basis without it proving to be a nuisance in their daily lives. Everything about the design of this piece of technology has been focussed on delivering on what it promises for its users without them having to compromise on any part of their life, and it’s laudable that the designers of the LifeTip have managed to succeed in that aim.
The LifeTip is currently being raising money to pay for further development via a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo. In less than two, weeks, more than $10,000 USD has been put forward by backers eager to see this device come to fruition, and with several weeks left to raise the remainder of their funding goal, it seems like the LifeTip might be the latest in a long line of crowdfunding success stories in the wearables market. If you’re looking to get on board with the LifeTip, there are a variety of funding tiers on offer for you to choose from—the best value as of the time of writing being the limited number of LifeTip models with ECG capacitative sensors for just $99 USD. This is a strictly limited early bird offer, which will likely sell out in a very short amount of time, so if you’re interested in being among the first to begin using the LifeTip to keep watch over your heart, then it’s worth acting fast. This is a device that has a great deal of potential to make a huge difference to the lives of those who already suffer from a heart condition, as well as helping those with a healthy heart keep it that way. The LifeTip is available in a range of colour variants, a list of which will be made available to backers ahead of the release of the product. The creators of the device anticipate that it will begin to ship in January of 2015.