AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — BSX, which launched a cuff the measured blood lactate and oxygenation levels two years ago, is now crowd-funding a product with potentially a much larger market: a fitness wrist band that monitors hydration levels in real time, alerting athletes and others when it’s time to drink up.
The BSX LVL (pronounced “level”) uses near infrared light at the wrist to measure the wearer’s hydration level. The same system measures heart rate at the wrist.
BSX founder and CEO Dustin Freckleton, MD, told BRAIN that the company’s initial product, the Insight blood lactate-measuring cuff, was “a stepping stone” toward a hydration monitor. Freckleton had a personal interest in such a monitor — while in college, he suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed for several weeks. He later determined the stroke was a result of dehydration following a long day of outside work.
“I became interested in, why did my body not warn me (that he was getting dehydrated)? Why wasn’t there some kind of signal? Why was thirst not a sufficient measure and what other technology could have closed that gap?”
The LVL technology builds on that used in medical devices that can …read more