Project Ara gets plug-in pulse oximeter module

Project Ara gets plug-in pulse oximeter module
The modular phone technology that Google is working on, known as Project Ara, could have a strong health component. A module has been produced that turns the phone into a pulse oximeter. Certainly you've heard the Doctor on your favorite medical drama ask for a pulse ox reading on a patient. The pulse ox reading measures the percentage of a patient's blood that is saturated with oxygen. Paul Eremenko, the head of the project at Google, originally brought up the idea in April. He sees the modular phone as a hub for a number of health related modules. 

Eremenko also sees a future for Project Ara as a device that can help determine crowd sourced data patterns. He says that Google plans on releasing a consumer pilot of the phone sometime next year. A precise date will be announced at the Project Ara developer conference in January.

Yesterday, we told you about a competitor to Project Ara, a modular phone called Vsenn. Unlike Google's modular handset, the challenger allows users to change just three parts of the handset: the camera, the battery and the processor/RAM. Perhaps the competition will force Google to speed up its work on Project Ara. The first Vsenn model will come with a 4.7-inch HD screen and be powered by stock Android.

source: VentureBeat

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8 Comments

1. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Galaxy Note 4 has a pulse oximeter..

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Until samsung alone uses it, no one cares. When apple or google uses it, it suddenly becomes cool and makes headlines.

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Nope it's still unwanted and not needed. You can calculate your own pulse by counting it 15 seconds long. I don't see the point of pulse oximeters.

8. fwbroke

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

bur60, its the 'ox' part that you can recreate on your own.

5. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Right, but you can't take it out and replace it with a battery or processor or camera or whatever...

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Every module that can come with a Project Ara phone probably has already been done. Its about the modular nature of the device, not if its already been done or not.

3. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

With Xiaomi and the rest of Chinese manufacturers creating affordable device with high specs, project ara may soon be forgotten by people. Android One will also add insult to injury.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Idk about others, but I fully support Ara in theory an financially upon release as a general consumer an tech enthusiast. I am excited for this to evolve along.

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