The then-under-Google X Life Sciences team made its “capicola” health tracker official in an interview with Bloomberg earlier this year, but until now we’ve only seen one stock image of the device. Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team, was quoted at the time as saying that this device is to be used primarily for medical purposes, such as prescribed to patients or used in clinical trials. Now, we have another look at the device — which has the FCC ID A4R-CAP1 — in a little more detail…
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As you can see in the images below, which went public on October 18th, the device is detachable from the wrist band and sits in a plastic casing that holds it in place. The device is capable of monitoring heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature, and more useful information such as light exposure and noise levels, all from an array of sensors. Some of these are on the back of the device, shown here for the first time. You can click on one of the below images for a closer look:
When the device was first made official, Google said it had plans to test it out in the summer of this year and was planning to possibly pursue a manufacturing partner. We haven’t heard much of anything about the project since June, however, so for all we know at this point it could have been abandoned. Interestingly, though, this project was developed under the umbrella of “Life Sciences,” which is no longer under Google but rather its parent company Alphabet.