Think of your heart as an image, and your heart rate as a cluster of pixels that come together to make that image. The lesser pixels you use, the more low-res the image looks, increase the number of pixels and the image looks clearer. Measuring your heart’s performance works the same way. The Apple Watch, for instance, only performs a single-lead ECG reading, generating one wave-form captured from a single angle of the heart, whereas medical-grade ECG readers use 12 points of data to generate a 12-lead reading, with 12 separate wave-forms that give you a much clearer, holistic image of the heart. In short, the more data-points, the better the accuracy.
The AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L compresses medical-grade ECG equipment into something that fits right into your palm. Designed to be the world’s smallest 6-Lead ECG reader, the 6L works with your phone to generate 6 separate wave-forms of your heart, providing a much more accurate image of your heart’s performance for medical assessment. With two sensors on the top and a third at the bottom, the 6L analyzes your heart-rate from different point-sources in a mere 30 seconds, assimilating and breaking down the data into visuals that get sent to your phone for better analysis.
The KardiaMobile 6L aims at democratizing good health, and being as accessible as a thermometer to read your body temperature, or a blood-sugar monitor to check your blood sugar levels. No larger than the size of an iPod Nano (remember those things) or a pack of gum, the AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L can easily fit in your pocket, or snap to the back of your phone. It runs on a CR2016 coin cell battery too, that gives it a year’s worth of usage before needing a battery replacement!
The AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L is a winner of the iF Design Award for the year 2020.
Designer: Level Design SF for AliveCor