Meet Eyva, the non-invasive glucometer from Hyderabad

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“We wanted to build a product that people would love to have, not out of fear,” said Sunil Madikatla, CEO and founder of Hyderabad-based BlueSemi, being very clear about why he ended up creating the completely non-invasive glucose monitor.

Eyva takes a different approach to tracking users’ blood glucose levels and measuring levels in the blood through the skin. This means that diabetics do not need to prick themselves for a fingerstick blood test.

“When we thought of the Eyva and the product itself, we always envisioned it being a hassle-free device, with no wires and cables, portable and elegant in design,” Madikatla says. Indianexpress.com On the sidelines of the CES technical exhibition.

“I was inspired by the Mercedes Vision AVTR while designing the Eyva,” says Madikatla, an IIIT-Hyderabad graduate student with expertise in high-resolution sensors, who started BlueSemi in 2017. For Maddikatla, the focus has been on making healthcare technology products that are design-based, easy-to-use, affordable, and connected by nature.

CES 2022, CES 2022 instruments, eyva, eyva non-invasive glucose monitor, non-invasive glucose monitor, health technology, Sunil Maddikatla Blue Semi The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone app, which will track and store glucose readings. (Image credit: BlueSemi)

The all-metal device, about the size of a smartphone, looks less like a glucose meter and even more like an Apple product. “Why should we build a healthcare product like a healthcare product? Why not build something more beautiful,” Madikatla reasons.

The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone app, which will track and store glucose readings. However, it lacks a display where the readings will be shown to users. “People don’t like numbers…this is your heart rate, this is your glucose,” Madikatla explains why the team decided not to offer any kind of offer on the product. “We want people to use Eyva like WhatsApp or Instagram, where they open it at any time and start using it without a second thought.”

Non-invasive glucose monitors are starting to gain momentum around the world, but different companies have different approaches to solving the problem. At CES last year, Japanese startup Quantum Operations demonstrated a wearable prototype that could accurately measure blood sugar from the wrist. The Apple Watch-like device uses a spectrometer to test your blood to measure glucose.

Apple, too, has been monitoring blood sugar with a wearable for years. In 2017, Fitbit teamed up with Dexcom, a company known for creating continuous glucose monitors (CGM), to bring their monitor’s data to the company’s Ionic smartwatch. Researchers are working on a new technology that combines graphene and gold sensors to monitor glucose levels, but Madekatla says the technology’s commercial readiness is still at least a decade away.

CES 2022, CES 2022 instruments, eyva, eyva non-invasive glucose monitor, non-invasive glucose monitor, health technology, Sunil Maddikatla Blue Semi Users need to place their fingers on the marked area on the device, and wait for 60 seconds to measure blood sugar levels in a painless manner. (Image credit: BlueSemi)

Eyva combines a technology called sensor fusion with artificial intelligence to measure blood glucose levels through the skin. “We use about nine sensors to be able to accurately understand the glucose molecules inside your body,” he says. Users need to place their fingers on the marked area on the device, and wait for 60 seconds to measure blood sugar levels in a painless manner. The data that comes next is analyzed using artificial intelligence and the results are displayed on your smartphone app.

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During the development of Eyva, Maddikatla and his team worked closely with diagnostic centers to ensure the accuracy of the product. “Our data is reliable with 90 percent accuracy,” he claims. While contactless glucometers are convenient, they are not as accurate as traditional methods.

At CES 2022, BlueSemi will be showing its Eyva product for the first time, but Maddikatla wants to market its product and has already started the certification process in India, Europe and the US. Madikatla says the Eyva is not a “medical” device, which could make adoption easier.

Eyva can also be used for different profiles and is not associated with a single user. More importantly, the device can also be used to measure electrocardiograms, heart rate, stress levels, water intake levels and even detect blood oxygen levels, becoming an all-in-one family health tracking device.

Eyva is designed in India and will be manufactured here too. Maddikatla plans to manufacture around 1,200 units in the first quarter but will ramp up production based on user feedback and demand. The first wave of shipments will start sometime in March this year, with the device costing Rs 15,490.

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