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Smartphones can transform into heart monitors

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: August 30, 2011

An Oklahoma City company continues to advance in its effort to bring to the market a device that will transform smartphones into a heart monitor.

As Don Mecoy reported for The Oklahoman’s Business section today (Saturday, Aug. 27), AliveCor Inc. has receive $3 million in funding as it gears up to manufacture the device, expected to be available later this year after trials and approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

With it, people are able to slip a slim case over a smartphone and that device, with wireless service, becomes an electrocardiogram recorder.

“Low-power electrodes on the case are pressed against the fingers or chest of a person to display electrical activity of the heart. It can be used to detect a heart blockage or unstable heartbeat, or to monitor heart rate during exercise or stress-reduction techniques,” Mecoy wrote.

I continue to be amazed at the creative ways people are now using their smartphones — there are blood pressure devices, baby monitors remote car re-chargers and more creative ideas all the time. This is yet another example, and even better that it’s here in Oklahoma City.

AliveCor’s co-founder is Dr. David Albert, son of former U.S. House Speaker Carl Albert, who made his own unique contribution to Oklahoma history. Now his son continues to make his own mark on the state’s history and help people with a medical condition at the same time.

Read Mecoy’s interesting story by clicking here. If you here of another way that smartphones are being transformed into some other use, let us know by commenting below.

~ Lillie-Beth (

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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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