We all love health related toys like Fitbits, Jawbones, Fuel bands, tracking our sleep, power or fat. Large syndicates are betting on our digital health future with platforms like HealthKit, Fit or SAMI.
However, except for glucometers and pregnancy tests, there has not been a serious break-through in self-diagnostics in the last 60 years.
What if your family member needed diagnosis right away? What will happen with hospital care in the case of a close armed conflict? Who decides that politicians, police and state professionals shall be first in line for treatment? What happened with children and women first?
Luckily, for the first time in the history of mankind, we now have all the tools, all the information and all the wealth to help our families live longer, happier lives.
I will talk about a few selected breakthrough examples of available technologies and open knowledge to build devices for diagnosing your bodies, such as measuring ECG, analysing your blood or examining your internal organs at the comfort of your home. I will pinpoint a few hardware highlights from the past and close future, which are especially important for the general hacker community and for building health devices.
Finally, I will present a product we have been working on for the past year to demonstrate that home diagnostics can be achieved, and elaborate on the implications.