A St Louis, Missouri startup, Sparo Labs,
has developed what they term an ‘early warning device’ for asthma attacks. The Wing pocket-size sensor which connects to a smartphone app (iPhone 5 and later, Android soon) measure both peak flow (how fast you can blow out air) and FEV1 (how much air you blow out in 1 second). The app measures it against personal levels (80-100 percent of best is fine, 50-80 percent is caution and below 50 percent is red zone) so that a person (or caregiver) receives an accurate reading of their breathing level; if something is wrong, the person can take their medication and/or seek assistance. For the 10 percent of Americans who have difficulty breathing, not just from asthma but living with COPD, cystic and pulmonary fibrosis, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions, the Wing’s compact design and under-$200 price point won’t leave them breathless. Wing is financing/testing on Indiegogo
with a 20 Nov goal of $50,000 ($32,000 to date), awaiting 510(k) FDA clearance with an in-market date of August 2016. PSFK
,Hat tip to Toni Bunting, our former N. Ireland Editor.