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Oppo OHealth H1 is a Star-Trek-esque device that tracks six vital signs

Oppo has announced a strange looking device called OHealth H1 at its Inno Day 2022 event held in China. It is designed to track six vital signs including ECG.

The thing is best described as a holdable rather than a wearable. Oppo says it can be used by the whole family. It’s fair to say the product is definitely unlike anything we have seen before.


A Star-Trek-esque device that keeps tabs on six vital signs

Loosely resembling a computer mouse, this is currently only in concept stage. Which means you can’t buy the device just yet. And it is not definite that it will make it to market.

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The health holdable has two physical buttons, along with a display that shows vital signs data. This includes ECG, body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen, heart and lung auscultation and blood pressure. Most of this data is collected from your fingertips. Think of it as a digital stethoscope that uses AI to diagnose medical problems.

Cardiopulmonary sounds are captured via a piezoelectric digital stethoscope with a 20 to 2,000 Hz audio response range. There’s a non-contact infrared sensor that you point towards your forehead to capture body temperature. The device can even be used to track sleep but it has not been disclosed exactly how this works.

OHealth-H1

The case of the thing is round and weighs only 95 grams. The holdable is small in size so can easily be slipped into a handbag or rucksack. Ideal for travel. You can wirelessly recharge the device through an accompanying charging dock.

As you’d expect, there’s a smartphone app to go along with everything. This gathers all your data and displays trends and insights. One could imagine that it could also be linked up to your doctor’s office. And that each person in the family would be able to download just their data.


Our takeaway

It is refreshing to see something truly unique in this space. OHealth HR is meant to be something that simplifies tracking your vitals stats. Plus it would be more accurate than data gathered from a smartwatch.

To us this sounds a bit like the Tricorder featured in the Star-Trek movie series. The gizmo is used to help diagnose diseases and collect bodily information about a patient. The “Tri” is a reference to the three functions: sensing, computing and recording. A number of companies, such as Scanadu and Medwand, have tried coming up with such a product in recent years. But Oppo’s version sounds more sophisticated. Plus it comes from a well recognised brand.

At the moment there is no word on when and if Oppo’s health gadget would actually launch. If it does see the light of day this will likely first be in China. A wider international unveil would depend on gathering the regulatory approvals necessary for such a device. Efforts to get the OHealth H1 cleared for sale have not been announced yet.

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