Photos of the device have been unveiled by Business Insider, which the paper says was approved last year by the FCC.
The device is equipped with sensors designed to collect patient data to send to the cloud for analysis, according to Business Insider, who said that the device is reportedly already being used to provide sensor data analysis in a multiple sclerosis study.
The bridge looks similar to various device hubs, with a USB port for charging and syncing, but Google hasn’t spilled the beans on any specific functions of the device.
Participants in the study being performed with the newly designed hub are reportedly using Verily’s Study Kit, a platform of apps and devices designed to collect medical data. The new connectivity bridge can be used to charge and sync StudyKit devices, Business Insider said.
Last month, the National Institute of Health said it tagged Verily to advise Nashville, Tenn.’s Vanderbilt University in launching the 1st phase of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort, which was outlined by President Barack Obama last year.
The university is slated to test methods for engaging and enrolling volunteers through a web portal, aiming to enroll 79,000 volunteers by the end of the year. Participants will supply personal data to be used to improve health and treat diseases.