NASA Based Company's New Device Sends Vital Signs to Smartphone

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM EDT

(WKBW) - If you've been longing for the day you get all of your medical information at home when you're sick rather than heading to the ER, your day is here.

Introducing Scout, a new device that monitors and tracks your vital signs, tempurature, ECG, heart rate, oximetry, and stress, simply by holding it up to your forehead for 10 seconds.

The information is then synced from Sout right to your smartphone, giving you access to the valueable data your body provides every day.

There, you can track your health over time. For example, you can see if your tempurature or heart rate is elevated at any given time, and also see potential problems headed your way by seeing abnormalities before they become a physical issue.

Scout was created by the company Scanadu, which is based at NASA's Ames Research Center in California.

The device is built on Micrium, the same real-time operation system for the Mars Curiosity Rover.

Scanadu's goal is to take the outputs from hospital machinery looking for trends and abnormalities and give that access to everyday people.

Scanadu is raising funds through their IndieGogo page and are expected to receive approval from the FDA in the near future.

The company hopes to ship the first round of devices in the first quarter of 2014.

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