The healthcare technology company is working on “biowearable” devices to track certain elements of the body, with the idea of giving users more information about their general health and helping them to take action. Lingo devices will measure glucose, ketones and lactate and eventually may monitor alcohol levels.
“This will be like having a window into your body,” said Abbott CEO Robert B. Ford at CES. “It’s science that you can access at any time so you can understand what your body is telling you and what it needs.”
Abbott is a name. It is the manufacturer of the highly sought after COVID-19 BinaxNOW rapid tests. It’s also behind the , one of the most popular continuous glucose monitors that negates the need for fingerstick blood tests.
The upcoming biowearables, which are not intended for medical use, are based on the detection technology that Abbott developed for Freestyle Free. Athletes are using a version of the device to help optimize food intake for training and competition. With Lingo, the company plans to expand glucose monitoring use cases to help the public manage things like sleep, weight and energy levels.
The goal of the ketone biowearable is to provide continuous tracking of ketones so users can see how quickly they go into ketosis. This is a state where a body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to turn into energy and instead burns fat (and generates ketones). With the Lactate Wearable, Abbott’s goal is to continuously measure lactate build-up during your workout. He says he can provide information about athletic performance.
It will take some time for Abbott to bring this technology to the consumer market. If and when biowearables arrive and function as promised, they should help those interested in closely monitoring the condition of their bodies in doing so.
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