Google has acquired Senosis Health, a Seattle-based health monitoring startup founded by University of Washington Professor Shwetak Patel, the media reported. The startup turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health stats, The Verge reported. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
Using functions on a smartphone including its accelerometer, microphone, flash and camera, the Senosis apps can monitor lung health and hemoglobin counts, among other things, the report said. For example, to measure the hemoglobin, Senosis’ app uses the phone’s flash to illuminate a user’s finger. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
It marks the latest acquisition for Patel, whose past startup ventures have landed in the hands of companies such as Belkin International and Sears, according to Geekwire.com which first reported the acquisition.
Patel, who founded the company with four others, is a professor at University of Washington’s computer science and engineering faculty. According to a biography at University of Washington website, Patel was a founder of Zensi, a demand side energy monitoring solutions provider, that was acquired by Belkin in 2010.
He is also a co-founder of a low-power wireless sensor platform company called SNUPI Technologies and a consumer home sensing product called WallyHome that was acquired by Sears in 2015.
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