K’Watch Continuous Glucose Monitor For 2018
Shown off at CES 2017 at the start of the year, K’Watch Glucose was among about two dozen products designated a winner of the show’s Best of Innovation Award. Utilizing a revolutionary biosensor, the device works by “tasting” the skin rather than taking blood samples.
Their proprietary system is composed of biosensors that use micro-needles to probe interstitial fluid for bio-chemical analysis. While the user will feel the slight pressure of the probe pressing on their skin, they feel absolutely no pain as the sensor never reaches any nerve or blood vessel.
The technology is housed in something the company calls K’apsul. One of these is good for a month before it needs to be changed, and you can take unlimited measurements during this period. Its worth noting, glucose is not recorded automatically or continuously. A user needs to press K’Watch on the skin for a measurement to be taken.
Results are displayed on the K’Watch Glucose screen as well as synced to the accompanying app. The device can also send alerts to remind users to check their glucose level. And you get some standard fitness tracking functions as well such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burnt.
“K’Track Glucose is the first accurate non-blood-based glucose monitor to be built directly into a wearable device,” said PKvitality in a press release.
“It combines the elegance and utility of traditional activity trackers with the life-changing information of a medical device.”
In addition to the watch, the technology also comes in the form of an armband. Dubbed K’Watch Athlete, this is a more expensive version that allows athletes to monitor the lactic acid level in real time. K’Watch Athlete also allows for continuous measurement of glucose. Users just need to decide the recording interval between each measurement.
K’Track Glucose starts at $150, K’Track Athlete at $200 and each removable K’apsul will set you back $100. Unfortunately, this is not something that you will be able to pick up in the store in a few weeks time.
If all goes well, first deliveries will start by the end of 2018, once the medical certification process is out of the way.