“We wanted to create a product that people should love to get, not out of fear,” Sunil Maddikatla, CEO and Founder of Hyderabad-based BlueSemi, explains very clearly why he ended up creating a completely non-invasive blood glucose meter.
Eyva takes a different approach to tracking users’ blood sugar levels and measuring blood levels through the skin. This means that diabetics do not need to prick themselves for the blood test of the fingers.
“When we thought of Eyva and the product itself, we always envisioned it to be a hassle-free device with no wires or cables, something portable and sleek in design,” Maddikatla said. indianexpress.com on the sidelines of CES tech expo.
“I was inspired by the Mercedes Vision AVTR car when designing Eyva,” says Maddikatla, an IIIT-Hyderabad graduate specializing in high-precision sensors, who launched BlueSemi in 2017. In 2020, his company launched Sens, a non-contact body temperature measurement device. device. For Maddikatla, the focus has been on creating health technology products that are design-driven, easy to use, affordable, and connected by nature.
The all-metal device, the size of a smartphone, looks less like a blood glucose monitor and more like an Apple product. “Why should we build a health product like a health product? Why can’t we build something more beautiful, ”says Maddikatla.
The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to the smartphone app, which will track and store glucose readings. However, it lacks a display where the readings will be shown to users. “People don’t like numbers… it’s your heart rate, it’s your glucose,” explains Maddikatla why the team decided not to display a display on the product. “We want people to use Eyva like WhatsApp or Instagram, where at any time they open it and start using it without hesitation.”
Non-invasive blood glucose monitors have started to gain traction around the world, but different companies have different approaches to the problem. At CES last year, Japanese startup Quantum Operations Inc, showcased a portable prototype capable of accurately measuring blood sugar on the wrist. The Apple Watch-like device uses a spectrometer to analyze blood to measure glucose.
Apple has also reportedly been working on blood sugar monitoring via a portable device for years. In 2017, Fitbit partnered with Dexcom, a company known for creating continuous blood glucose monitoring (CGM) devices, to bring the data from these to the company’s Ionic smartwatch. Researchers are working on a new technology that combines graphene and gold sensors to monitor glucose levels, but Maddikatla says the technology is at least a decade away from commercial maturity.
Eyva combines a technique called sensor fusion with artificial intelligence to measure blood glucose levels through the skin. “We use around nine sensors to be able to accurately understand the glucose molecules inside your body,” he says. Users should place their fingers on the designated area of the device and wait 60 seconds to measure their blood sugar in the most painless way. The data that comes in is then analyzed using AI and the results are displayed on your smartphone app.
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During the development of Eyva, Maddikatla and her team worked closely with diagnostic centers to ensure the accuracy of the product. “Our data is reliable with an accuracy of 90%,” he says. While non-contact blood glucose monitors are convenient, they are not as accurate as traditional methods.
At CES 2022, BlueSemi is presenting Eyva for the first time, but Maddikatla is keen to bring its product to market and has already started the process of obtaining certifications in India, Europe and the United States. Maddikatla says that Eyva is not a “medical grade” device, which could facilitate certification.
Eyva can also be used for different profiles and is not linked to a single user. More importantly, the device can also be used to measure ECG, heart rate, stress levels, water consumption levels and even detect blood oxygen levels, thus becoming a device of all-in-one health tracker for the household.
Eyva was designed in India and will also be manufactured here. Maddikatla plans to manufacture around 1,200 units in the first quarter, but will increase production based on feedback and user demand. The first wave of shipments will begin in March this year, with the device costing Rs 15,490.