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Testing The Scanadu Scout

I’ve been following the Scanadu Scout since their successful Kickstarter campaign. There were significant delays when they tried to ship the first devices to early backers, but finally a prototype version came out. This is what I tested. According to their website:

Scanadu Scout™ is being designed to provide you with access to valuable data which your body provides every day. Don’t let that precious information get lost; use Scanadu Scout™ to analyze, track, and trend your health data with unprecedented simplicity.


You hold it between your fingers and put it to the forehead. In a few seconds, it is supposed to give the reading of your blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen level and body temperature.


I struggled with the signal quality. You put it to your forehead and wait for the signal quality which you can see on the smartphone app. While it’s weak, scanning takes a really long time. When it finds the good signal, it is done in seconds. I couldn’t find any correlation between how I hold the device and how good the signal quality is. It seemed to be depending on pure luck or who knows what else. I assume they will solve this by the finalized version.

The readings seem to be accurate as I re-checked them with my other health trackers.

The Scanadu Scout doesn’t deliver what it says to deliver and it is not the Star Trek Tricorder yet, but there is no doubt it will improve by time. Reading and analyzing ECG would be a nice addition and changing the traffic light signs to a more sophisticated assessment of the results would definitely be a good idea.

The more similar devices we have on the market, the better. Giving people a chance to measure important vital signs right away with a simple device is crucial in creating a health-conscious society.

Wishbone – The World’s Smallest Smart Thermometer

I backed the Kickstarter campaign of the Wishbone a few months ago. It seemed to be a cheap solution for measuring the temperature of anything around us including body, ambient or any objects. I was right and it does what is is supposed to do.


It comes in a very light package which keeps the device safe.


It is attached to the smartphone through a Jack cable.


I can measure my body temperature in seconds. I just have to keep it 2-3 centimeters away from my forehead in the right angle and it does the reading. I can measure the room temperature or the temperature of objects. In the objects menu, I choose from a list of liquid, food, glass, plastic or others.


Based on my experience, it is pretty accurate, the battery time is said to be very long and it’s easy to use. You can even measure the temperature of your pet. Its price is $49.99 + shipping.

The Apple Watch ECG in Action: Video

Dr. David Albert, founder of Alivecor, the FDA approved device that measures ECG with a smartphone sent this video to me. He demonstrated how the Apple Watch ECG works in action.

The Pebble Time Smartwatch: Review

The original Pebble was the first device that I backed in a crowdfunding project and I didn’t regret doing so. Therefore becoming one of the first backers behind the Pebble Time was not a hard decision to make. And it was a good one again.

A swarm of smartwatches has flooded the market in the past 2 years. The reason why I wanted one is that my long term goal was to stop using plenty of health trackers and use one instead that could be paired with my smartphone. The Pebble Time is perfect for that.


First, it is beautifully designed, comfortable to wear, waterproof and doesn’t get damaged easily.

As a geek, I love the watchfaces with which I can change what I see on the front screen whenever I want. Right now I can watch how far away the New Horizons space probe got from Pluto.


The app database is amazing and for free.

  • I can see my progress when I use the Runkeeper app on my smartphone while running.
  • It lets me know how much time I’ve still got while giving presentations with gentle vibrations.
  • It wakes me up at the best time by being connected to the Sleep app on the smartphone.
  • E-mails, messages, weather, Twitter, stopwatch, pedometer, 7-minute workout and I could go on.

As they just came out with the round watches, it’s clear they also want to get to people who look for elegant smartwatches. I see no reason why not the Pebble would soon become the king of smartwatches if they keep on improving. The team and the products they create are always ahead of the competitors in a way that the Pebble is about being useful instead of being a luxury jewelry on my hand. Go Pebble!

Videogamers As Athletes Of The Future

I grew up by playing a lot of video games. From Amiga and Nintendo to Xbox and PC. Playing games is part of my life and I hope it will always be. Videogamers are usually depicted as lazy teenagers who don’t want to go out but play video games all day.

With linear thinking, people might assume it is going to be worse in the future. With better and more realistic games, kids will want to stay in their caves even more. With linear thinking, that might be the case.

Although, technology today doesn’t just get upgraded, it improves at an amazing pace and it might have some surprises for us in the coming years. What if video games assisted by virtual reality devices and whole body sensors would increase the experience of being inside a game by moving in real life? What if gamers will have to run in real to let the character in the game run faster? This area is called exergaming and it is about to boom.


Removing linear thinking from this equation, such advanced video gaming platforms would make gamer kids the athletes of the future. Those who have never played really engaging video games cannot even imagine what if feels like to join the characters in the virtual world and live through the story of a good game. This feeling or experience might be the best motivation humanity could ever come up with regarding being physically active. One existing example is Omni Treadmill (see picture above).

If these games keep on improving as they are now, video gamers will be the athletes of the future. See more about this in my recent video:

My Health: Upgraded – Only Disruptive Technologies Can Secure The Future Of Humanity

While many technologies are advancing at an almost exponential pace; the loss of the human touch, failures at preventing diseases, rising costs and doctor shortages influence the days of patients and physicians. It’s time to change that. It’s time to upgrade our health with amazing technologies without becoming cyborgs. This way, there will be no limits to what humanity can achieve.

To support this mission, I answer the forty most exciting questions covering the future of robotics, sensors and medical algorithms I have ever received after my talks; and I also describe how I have been upgrading my health for a decade in my new book, My Health: Upgraded (paperback & e-book).


The book consists of three parts:

  1. The Technological Revolution in Medicine: Information in our DNA can predict our future health. Biotechnology advances enable medical scientists to produce cells that fight tumors. Wearable devices measure our vital signs while at home. What we would have considered science fiction a decade ago is quickly advancing modern health care, and we haven’t seen anything yet.
  2. The Most Exciting Questions About The Future Of Medicine: I offer a fresh look at how innovative technologies enable us to change health care for the long term. I share advances such as the present reality of surgical robots and tackle questions such as whether nanorobots will ever swim in our bloodstream or whether actual, functioning organs can be made with 3-D printers.
  3. Upgrading My Health: To keep readers grounded in the here and now, I discuss how I use technology to monitor and improve my own health. From charting my sleeping patterns to using exercise motivation apps, I give detailed examples of how we can use technology to live a healthy and proactive life.

With the unique graphics of Richard Horvath and the wonderful interior design of Roland Rekeczi, every futuristic thought and idea is visualized.



Book trailer

Here is the book trailer and you can find examples for advanced praise from Dr. Eric Topol and E-Patient Dave deBronkart, among others, below.

The book also includes movie suggestions and the top hashtags for each of the 40 topics. I hope you will enjoy reading it. You can get the paperback and the e-book here.


Advanced Praise for My Health: Upgraded

“Dr. Bertalan Mesko, the consummate medical futurist, takes us on an extended technological tour – one that bodes well for how healthcare can advance.”
— Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now, Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute

“Dr. Bertalan Mesko has been called a thought leader thanks to his views on the future of medicine, and his latest book proves yet again just why he deserves that title. Dr. Mesko’s thoughts on digital health are comprehensive and innovative, but most importantly, they are accessible and easily understood. This thrilling book is a must-read for patients, providers, and all other stakeholders interested in taking control of their own health.”
– Dr. Larry Chu, Executive Director, Stanford Medicine X

“Sit down, loosen your mind, and settle into this book. It’s an extraordinary, liberated tour of what health and treatment will be like when we no longer starve for information and when everything physical is digital – which is far closer than you think.”
– e-Patient Dave deBronkart, e-patient thought leader, speaker, author

“Only few have the gift of being transformative ánd using it; Dr. Bertalan Mesko is one of them. This book bridges Hype, Hope & reality in a way that fits both the world of technology and medicine. Definitely a must read if you’re on the intersection of technology & medicine.”
– Lucien Engelen, Director of the Radboud REshape Innovation Center

“An easy to read guide to future health. Introducing recent history and everyday examples of progress as evidence of trends, it looks to the future of health technologies and their interactions with everyday lifestyle with informed optimism, avoiding unnecessary jargon. Covering areas from personal health recording to cheap DNA sequencing and AI assistance, it shows how the reader can take control of their own health and the many future opportunities for improving it. It also explores when we will get the technologies we see in sci-fi movies. All of this makes it a compelling but easy-going read.”
– Ian Pearson, Futurologist, Author of You Tomorrow

“Dr. Bertalan Mesko has written an amazingly interesting book that explores the future of medicine and how it will affect our health. As a transhumanist and politician, I highly recommend this book to all those who are interested in how technology is going to impact our bodies and change our lives.”
– Zoltan Istvan, futurist and US Presidential candidate

“Three in one, My Health: Upgraded is a didactic snapshot of digital health today and to come, a practical “how-to” guide on self-tracking, and responses to real “questions from the audience”. And Dr. Bertalan Mesko dares to answer them all. While I see many digital health books and articles, My Health:Upgraded is definitely not to be missed!”
– Denise Silber, Founder of Doctors 2.0 and You

“This one is just fantastic, an encyclopedic work by one of the recognized experts. No need to “Google” about the future of medicine, this book is like a search-engine on itself, about the amazing facts & possibilities of our health, but upgraded!”
– Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann, FACS, Surgeon, Healthcare Futurist & Innovator

7 Videos About The Brave Future Of Medicine

When I receive questions about how healthcare and the practice of medicine will change due to the technological explosion we are living in, I like to be brave and assume that all stakeholders will move into the right directions if they are provided with guidance. As a proof, here are 7 videos about a brave future of medicine.

The Future Of Clinical Trials:

Let’s Design The Hospital Of The Future!

Our Home Will Be The Hospital Of The Future?

The Future of Patient Empowerment

Supercomputers Can Make Physicians Better! 

Virtual Reality Can Change The Hospital Experience

What We Can Print Out In 3D In Medicine


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