Currently, there is no reliable way for doctors to know if asthmatic patients are remembering to use their daily inhalers, or to track when and where patients end up requiring their use. Wisconsin-based Asthmapolis claims that its Spiroscout device, which attaches to the top of an inhaler, will solve both of these problems. The Spiroscout uses GPS to keep a log of when and where the inhaler was used, and uploads this data to Asthmapolis’ servers. Users can then access their data from any internet connected device to determine if any particular locations cause their asthma to act up, and can set up text message reminders should they forget to use daily inhalers.
From the product page:
It’s small and lightweight, easy to mount securely on the end of most inhalers, and simple to transfer to a new canister. Lights on the device let you know when it has detected use, and also show remaining battery level.
The Spiroscout lasts 2+ days between charges depending on how often it’s used, and recharges quickly anywhere with a wall charger or USB power source. You connect it to USB port on PC to download information from device and transfer to the Asthmapolis website.
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Product page: Spiroscout Inhaler Tracker
(hat tip: Engadget)