Sparo Labs, a company founded by a group of Washington University 2013 graduates, came up with a brilliant idea, enabling asthma sufferers to monitor their symptoms. Co-founders, Andrew Brimer and Abby Cohen had so much confidence in their idea that they decided to take it to a crowdfunding platform, where $2.7 million was raised, in an effort to transform the idea into a reality. Well, that is exactly what happened, because the highly innovative Wing is now available to the general public.
Sparo Labs Smart Sensor
Wing, a Smart sensor capable of measuring lung function, may be the key to helping asthma sufferers manage their condition better. Wing combines the strengths of peak flow meters and spirometers, which are available in clinical settings. Millions of people are still uninsured, so they cannot afford these services. On average, office spirometry can cost anywhere from $200 up to $600, but it is very reliable in detecting early onset COPD and measuring ventilation.
Portable peak flow meters on the other hand are accessible to patients. However, the device will often render unreliable results. The pocketsize Wing will be accessible to the general public, without a prescription. Users will also be able to manage Wing via Cloud and associated mobile app on iOS and Android devices. The app user interface is self-explanatory, with built-in measurements that will alert the user, when a decline in lung function is detected.
According to a report released by Medscape, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is linked to about 100,000 deaths annually. Around 16 million people are affected by COPD, which has doubled in the last 25 years, with females being the primary target.
If Wing can stand up to its promise, asthma sufferers will be able to monitor and manage their asthma symptoms better. This could potentially decrease emergency room and outpatient visits. To learn more about Wing, the Smart sensor, just visit the company’s original website.