Monitor Your Heart Health With This Tiny Wearable

Benerva Suarez
November 20, 2019

Taiwan startup Singular Wings Medical Co. has developed a wearable medical device that records cardiovascular symptoms. The size of a Band-Aid, the CardiNova Heart Disease Recorder is completely unobtrusive working quietly to protect wearers against sudden heart attack. Embedded in a self-adhesive patch it collects data as wearers move around.

Wearable medical devices make it possible for people to live longer and healthier lives. These devices have been shown to prevent heart disease fatalities by 59% in the U.S.

Studies have shown that between 1980 and 2013, medical advancements helped add more than five years to the U.S. life expectancy rate, with heart disease fatalities cut by 59%.

The wearable medical device market has exploded as consumers have started taking more responsibility for their own health. The global wearable medical devices market is expected to rise to a valuation of USD $27.2 billion by 2023, according to the latest research report from Market Research Future. Asia Pacific is expected to show robust growth in this market over the forecast period.

A strong medical device market in Taiwan

Major garment suppliers inTaiwan are also joining the medical device market, working with emerging startups on a range of different wearable medical devices.  

One of the suppliers, Makalot, is using the material graphene for its smart garments. Graphene ensures that devices detect and monitor electrical activity from the wearer’s heart more accurately.

Makalot is working with Singular Wings Medical Co. to develop the smart garment. The two companies have been working together for more than two years. Makalot aims to produce high-end products that can be used for medical purposes. 

The CardiNova

The CardiNova functions as a heart disease recorder. It works to help resolve avery real worldwide problem, cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the World Health Organization, 17.9 million people die of CVDs every year, which accounts for roughly 31% of all deaths worldwide.

Sufferers may notice chest pain, physical discomfort, or dizziness, but most often CVD symptoms go unnoticed. Even super fit marathon runners are not immune to this disease. Shocking heart attack deaths like that of athlete Nicholas Beckley might now be prevented with wearables.

With the CardiNova, a person wearing the device can monitor cardiovascular symptoms.The wireless health tracker is no bigger than a bandage strip and can be worn on the chest via a patch of fabric. There is a button at the front of the device that wearers can press as soon as they experience signs of a heart attack. This activates the device. Two electrodes (visible on the back) pick up cardiovascular readings as electrical signals. A microprocessor unit processes the signal data.

Results can be seen in real-time over a proprietary mobile application. The proprietary algorithm helps to eliminate the noise created by motion, contact deviation, and the like, and pick up precise signal readings. Data collected includes heart rate, fitness level, mood and behavior, cardiac rhythm information, and more.

The algorithm can compile a health report using the huge amounts of data accumulated over time. This helps to easily and correctly identify the main symptom. The system raises the alarm and sends notifications to stored contacts on the user’s smartphone in case of an emergency so that immediate action can be taken.

“The system has been tested to ensure that sensors pick up signals accurately. A commercial chip is used for processing the data. Bluetooth module enables connectivity with a smartphone,” said a spokesperson from Singular Wings MedicalCo.

Singular Wings Medical Co. was established in 2015. David Lee is the CEO. The company has registered several patents and has participated in a number of startup events, including one earlier this year in which Singular Wings Medical Co. won the HYPE Spin accelerator contest with MeetAgile.

With the CardiNova set to reduce the risk of sudden death from cardiovascular disease, Singular Wings Medical Co is a startup worth watching at Slush 2019 and in the health wearables market.

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