Healthcare giant Cigna is getting into the augmented reality game, in the form of an interactive game called BioBall, to test for blood pressure and body mass index (BMI).
Using Microsoft HoloLens technology, players hold a light, medium-sized ball in a one-minute race to capture all the images that flash on a screen before them. The BioBall senses a player’s pulse by movement and uses responsive lighting to connect the game with the player’s heartbeat. Once the game is finished, players receive their health numbers privately and immediately in their headsets. Suggestions about the results are then sent to an associated email address.
Cigna says the technology is a way to encourage people to take control of their health by knowing their health numbers. A study by Cigna showed that blood pressure, BMI, blood sugar and cholesterol are responsible for a majority of the preventable chronic disease and health care costs. The BioBall helps patients learn their numbers so that treatment can be garnered accordingly, the company said.
The HoloLens is a self-contained unit running Windows 10 that is untethered -- not requiring any wires, phones or connection to a PC. The technology merges physical and virtual worlds to produce environments and visuals where people can interact with both physical and holographic images in real-time.
“The evolution of personal health and technology is something that has tremendous impact on everyone,” said Stephen Cassell, chief brand officer at Cigna. “We’re the first to harness the new HoloLens technology for health screenings, and we believe BioBall can revolutionize how people view the process.”
Cigna will be sponsoring BioBall events throughout the U.S. and will be available for companies to request onsite clinics or at employee events.