This morning I was out and about looking for new products for The Trade Counter. My “travels” as they usually do took me to a company called Xiaomi. The Trade Counter already runs a very large number and a very diverse range of Xiaomi products and they are very popular indeed with customers of The Trade Counter. They make almost everything!
This latest product that I found is called the HiPee. It looks like a pregnancy test kit. It works by the user urinating on a test strip which the HiPee then analyses against a number of markers. However, it claims to be at more than that. This is a new type of smart health monitor. It works with various health apps for Smartphones, however I am quite concerned as to how the data is stored. Xiaomi also claims accuracy on a par with the top hospitals in China. This device is not in full production. It is thought that once it is in full production it will retail for $60 ish. Xiaomi are currently advertising this on their own crowdfunding program. The Trade Counter will probably run it for a while once it is production ready too!
Will it replace the local GP? My jury is out on this one. It could potentially save on visits to a very bad local GP or could it? I suspect here that the smart device is going too far. I think that I am not the only one that thinks along these lines on the HiPee. If this was purely marketed as a glorified device for over active couples who spend far too much time practising their baby making skills then it might have a bigger market! Or, it could take the world by storm! I do not think the doctor is replaceable by a smart device yet though.