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Now know your sugar levels without drawing blood at laboratories

Published: 5th Nov 2021 8:07 pm

Hyderabad: Isn’t it a fact that only the diagnostic test reports are the most effective in nudging people to start their morning walks or attempt to change their lifestyles?

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But the hitch is that one needs to undergo the tests for measuring the blood sugar levels. And many of us avoid visiting doctors or the labs to take the tests. But if everything goes well, we might have a gadget that could measure our vitals, analyse and present them in easy to understand formats.

Welcome to the new gadget that is to be unveiled in two or three months. The speciality of the yet-to-be named gadget is that it is completely non-invasive – meaning you need not suffer the prick on your finger to get the sugar levels tested. The handheld device will be something like a mobile phone, discloses Sunil Maddikatla, the founder CEO of BlueSemi, a startup incubated at the CIE in the IIIT Hyderabad.

Sunil Maddikatla, the founder CEO of BlueSemi

This non-invasive device will measure six vitals including blood glucose, ECG, heart rate, Blood Pressure, SPo2 and temperature in less than 60 seconds. “Our effort is to enable people to change their lifesfyle based on the readings of these vitals. Many get their glucose levels tested periodically. But this devise will help the person access more data pertaining to glucose, thus nudge people to change their lifestyle too. This is important as research showed that Indians have gained 8 kg weight in last one year”, points out Sunil. In essence, the produce is influenced by the Japanese concept of ‘ikigai’ which encourages people to make changes for a healthy lifestyle.

The company says the data and insights on the device will be accessible via an app. “People understand the insights better when they see the values on a graph. Moreover, the data collected from the gadget can also be linked to telemedicine points or shared in real-time.

Interestingly, the device is made with components sources from Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and a few other places in India. The company has also tied up with other companies to meet the demand for supply lakhs of units.

BlueSemi has recently got a funding commitment of Rs 510 crore from Luxembourg-based investment group GEM Global Yield LLC.

The new product is now available for trials at the company’s experience centre in Hyderabad. But access to it is only by invitation. “We plan to set up the experience centres at Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai shortly”, Sunil disclosed in reply to a question.

The company, BlueSemi had earlier used the pandemic period to build a wireless and contactless thermal scanning device called SENS. The AI enabled SENS helped cut the need for human intervention in checking body temperatures, typically seen in the hand-held thermal guns deployed at malls, offices, and public spaces. The success of SENS has helped the company position itself as a consumer health technology company. BlueSemi was awarded Rs 10 lakh under the NIDHI-PRAYAS scheme to develop the idea of an IoT-based thermal scanner into a prototype. It also received Rs 40 lakh grant from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under its scheme for accelerating startups around post-Covid technology opportunities.

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