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Google Buys Indian-Origin Professor’s Health Monitoring Startup

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Google has acquired Senosis Health, a Seattle-based health monitoring startup founded by University of Washington Professor of Indian-origin Shwetak Patel.

The startup turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health stats, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

Senosis Health’s apps include SpiroSmart and SpiroCall, HemaApp and OsteoApp. Patel founded the company with four other researchers from the University of Washington.

The startup turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health stats, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

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.

Shwetak Patel Co-Founder of Senosis Health App. (Image courtesy: Google)
Shwetak Patel Co-Founder of Senosis Health App. (Image courtesy: Google)

It is, however, not clear how much Google paid to buy Senosis Health as both Google and Senosis refused to comment on the report.

It marks the latest acquisition for the Indian-origin professor, whose past start-up ventures have landed in the hands of companies such as Belkin International and Sears, according to Geekwire.com which first reported the acquisition on Sunday.

According to a biography at University of Washington website, Patel was a founder of Zensi, Inc., a demand side energy monitoring solutions provider, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc 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.

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