In a world which is ever connected, the dream of being able to connect all devices wirelessly to your Smartphone or Tablet, or connect them directly to the Cloud is slowly being realised. Only the newest and higher priced Smartphones have the latest version of Bluetooth (called 4.0 or LE). None accept connection to devices that work with USB connectivity. However, USB devices are simple to use because there is no pairing and are relatively inexpensive, as they do not require expensive chips or licenses to use Bluetooth. Nevertheless, they do require a personal computer using either Windows desktop or Apple operating system and many consumers find that a Smartphone or Tablet does most of what they need.
We have developed the POGO, which stands for "Press Once and GO” to solve this particular problem. We make devices for people to self monitor their health and wellbeing. Many of these are certified as medical devices and are expensive to CE mark. To change everything over to a newer version of the device with built-in Bluetooth LE is expensive, as it requires device makers to repeat the registration process and inform the notified body under EU regulations. There are many devices that transfer information to and from PCs (Windows and Macs) via USB that are Class II medical devices for home monitoring, which is great if you still use a PC and have the necessary IT skills to operate them. But not everyone does.
So what if you do not have the best and latest Smartphone or Tablet and your device only communicates via Bluetooth LE? POGO is designed to solve this problem and it works with iOS (all versions), Android (all versions) and even Windows 8 phones.
We will be selling POGO as an accessory to our health self monitoring devices and will launch to the public after CE marking in February 2014. We are also offering POGO to the development community. And so we entered the competition organised by IC tomorrow (part of the Technology Strategy Board) to win a slot at Democamp at Droidcon London, the European Android event of the year, on the 24th October 2013. This is where we will announce the start of our Indiegogo campaign.
To fund the development of a kit suitable for use by third party developers, that is to create an Application Programming Interface (API), we are also launching our first crowd funding campaign. This is a way of raising finance in which small amounts of funding are invested by a lot of people who would like to access the technology.
POGO has now been fully developed and is currently in manufacture in the UK. We will ship to our customers for use with our devices in February 2014. It will be CE marked and ready to plug into our own App (Activ8rlives (http://www.activ8rlives.com/
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Activ8rlives provides tools for self monitoring with the ability to receive eMentoring from the family group, self-help groups or from clinical teams. The Company offers a range of health monitors, from activity trackers through to electronic “smart” scales, Smartphone Food Diary App to Peak Flow meters and Pulse Oximeters. The online communities combine empowerment through self monitoring with the added dynamic of group support and motivation. Groups can be led by clinicians or used to provide one-to-one coaching, to improve clinical outcomes.
Users can track: physical activity, body measurements and weight, lung function and cardiovascular health, blood glucose, HbA1c, cholesterol, C-reactive protein, International Normalized Ratio (INR), medication and bacterial infection markers. Custom trackers such as: dress size, training sessions, pool laps per session, runs per week, sleep duration, allergy reactions, mood, fertility, temperature - in fact anything that can be measured – can be created. Users can join groups of like-minded people or set up their own group to share their successes with family, friends or colleagues in a secure environment. Activ8rlives is free to use and there are no joining or subscription fees.
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