Oppo prototypes a Magic Mouse-looking health tracker for the whole family

This time of year is often the season for weird tech concepts—companies show us gadgets they’ve been tinkering with and may or may not sell. Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is kicking off pre-CES with an intriguing smart health tracker designed for the whole family. Like fitness trackers and smartwatches, Oppo’s OHealth H1 family health monitor uses sensors to track various health statistics. But unlike those wearables, the H1 prototype is designed to be held in your hand — or on your forehead, chest, or back — when you’re taking readings.

Oppo shared a video today showing off this “concept prototype” as part of its fourth annual Inno Day event, where the company has already shown off confirmed products like this year’s Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip and its concepts. The event includes personal presence in the past, but this year’s event looks like a simple video shared online Although it’s just a concept, Oppo calls the H1 the first product from its “smart health sub-brand” launched this year, OHealth.

The H1 uses sensors and algorithms to provide readings on ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen and body temperature. It also claims to be able to track sleep and through skin contact, Oppo says the H1 can auscultate the heart and lungs. Oppo said readings can be taken simultaneously or one at a time for greater accuracy.

H1 is only in
Zoom in / The H1 is only in the “conceptual prototype” phase.

While you don’t need a smartphone to use the H1’s features, Oppo hopes to have a smartphone app so users can share their H1 information with healthcare providers.

That rounded, pebble-like shape, white color scheme and glossy finish make the H1 look more like Apple’s Magic Mouse or a massive skipping stone than a health tracker. According to Oppo, the H1’s appearance is meant to differ from the “industrial design” of most healthcare devices and look more attractive in people’s homes. Combined with the 3.4 oz (95 g) weight, Oppo believes the H1 will be easy for family members to carry and use.

How it works

In his video, Oppo senior director Ye Yuchen said the device has all its sensors on the back in a “compact, symmetrical design.” The device does not require a phone to start working. You can take it and place it on your child’s forehead, for example, to measure the temperature.

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Oppo claims the H1’s ECG uses larger stainless steel electrodes than smartwatches for greater accuracy. To monitor blood oxygen levels, the device checks the fingertip, where capillary samples are most commonly taken, rather than the wrists.

Body temperature readings, meanwhile, are said to be taken by reading infrared measurements from the user’s forehead, as well as room temperature. Oppo worked with blood pressure monitor and cuff maker Omron to develop the H1’s blood pressure monitoring feature.

To auscultate the heart and lungs, the H1 uses a proprietary physioelectric ceramic sensor array that makes the H1 work like an electric stethoscope when placed on someone’s back or chest.

Finally, the H1 should track sleep by measuring your breathing, heart rate, and body movements through vibrations in the mattress. Oppo claims it works from a distance of 7.9 inches (20 cm) from the user. However, since this is being demonstrated as a family product, that means either some people in the family won’t be able to track their sleep, or homes will need more than one H1.

Checking the child's temperature.
Zoom in / Checking the child’s temperature.

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On the sleep tracker side, the H1 is slightly reminiscent of Amazon’s Halo Rise, a sleep tracker that sits on a nightstand and, according to the product page, uses “contactless sensor technology that measures body movement and breathing to calculate the stages of sleep’. However, the H1 appears to add additional health-related features in a more mobile factor that is meant to be shared between family members.

Unlike wearables, the H1 isn’t designed to be worn constantly, but rather to perform spot checks on things like blood pressure or monitor ongoing conditions or symptoms and then share that data with healthcare professionals. Therefore, the H1 may not provide the same amount of consistent data that, say, the Apple Watch does. Instead, a gadget can be shared for ad hoc sleep tracking and the like. We may also see a product like this sold to businesses.

Oppo didn’t share detailed plans to make the H1 commercially available. But if it ever sells the health tracker, it’s less likely we’ll see it in the U.S., since (aside from regulatory hurdles) the company doesn’t currently do business here.

You can watch Oppo’s H1 video below:

Oppo Inno Day 2022 | Launch event

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