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Anyone who has ever offered a urine sample in a doctor’s office knows this urine can tell us important things for our health: if we are dehydrated, if we are pregnant, if we have an infection and even the health of some of our organs. Withings is targeting some of these biomarkers with two different versions of its consumer device available in Europe in the first half of 2023, with plans for US availability following FDA clearance.
A cartridge made for the U-Scan is designed to monitor nutritional and metabolic information by measuring ketone and vitamin C levels and testing the pH of your urine (low or high pH may be related to kidney health and others).
The second is made for people who want to better track their menstrual cycle through measurement LH surges, or luteinizing hormone. LH peaks when ovulation is just around the corner and fertility is likely to be highest. This cycle cartridge will also measure urine pH.
Home urine test strips are now available to track things like LH surges and ketone levels. And urine tests like Vivoo’s it also pairs with an app to give people more insight into their health and education about what the measurements might mean. But they are more practical than the Withings-developed attachment and motion sensors.
“You don’t think about it and you just do what you do every day,” Withings CEO Matthew Letombe told CNET.
To use it, Withings says the device works best if you attach it to the front of your toilet bowl (which means people who normally pee standing up may also need to sit down, or at least get creative). Urine will flow to a small collection inlet, which the company says can distinguish urine from external fluid, such as toilet water. A thermal sensor detects the presence of urine and moves it into a test capsule. When the analysis is complete, the waste is released from the device and disappears with flushing.
The results will be pushed to your phone via Wi-Fi, and you can read your health insights daily in the Withings Health Mate app.
The device contains a cartridge full of test strips that will last you approximately three months. Oh, and the sensor will be able to distinguish your “flow” from that of visitors because the U-Scan is able to differentiate based on “flow distance and speed,” Letombe said.
As it is not yet FDA approved in the US, there is currently no price for the U-Scan. You’ll be able to get the U-Scan Nutri Balance or Cycle Sync cartridges – or both if you want to get even more data – in Europe for €500 (roughly $527 currently) later this year. Withings is confident that the first two consumer sensors are just the beginning: The company has hopes for more medical devices in the future, adding to the long list of smartwatches, wearable sensors and other devices that map our health to data points.
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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.
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