Team Davantri is a stand-alone corporate team from American Megatrends India Pvt Ltd (AMI), based in Chennai. The project has been wholly funded by AMI to date, though as the device hit the retail market in India last September, external funding may soon be sought to help boost the sales and commercial effort.
The team is led by CEO Sridharan Mani, with over 20 years in technology leadership roles under his belt. He supported by: Ketharaman G, project manager and mechanical design engineer; Vivek V, the technologist developing the firmware and algorithms running in the device; Mohmed Anees and Anantharaman J, whose role is to frame the architecture and implement the design; Rajavel M, mobile software architect; Asha Hariharan, business development; and Karthik R, company secretary.
AMI's VitalsFit device is intended as a "lifestyle companion" says Sridharan Mani, combining a "very small, elegant design" with both fitness and more serious health functionality. The device is battery powered and can be worn on a belt, on a wrist or arm strap, or, while monitoring sleep at night, on a special neck strap – to avoid it being damaged.
One of the unique features of VitalsFit is its ability to measure blood pressure without use of the usual inflating arm cuff, something that is achieved by analyzing the blood oxygen and ECG data together to infer blood pressure.
AMI believes in prevention, and enabling people to live their lives to the fullest, even with a chronic condition. Their vision for VitalsFit is that the device will provide night and day monitoring of wellness, as well as warning notifications before a potential health crisis occurs. The stream of data generated is stored in the cloud, currently on AMI's own servers, and there are plans to work with major cloud operators such as Apple and Google. The user could download a relevant set of data and take it along with them when seeing a GP, thereby arming the doctor with longitudinal information, rather than relying on one-time measurements.
Healthcare institutions could also make use of aggregated data generated by VitalsFit, for example to improve understanding of disease patterns in a certain locality. There is also a long term vision: AMI hopes to see parents and grandparents making their health data available to future generations, thereby forewarning them about possible conditions they may be prone to.
VitalsFit is in the final stages of European CE certification, and AMI intends to apply for US FDA certification next. So while the device has made its debut in the Indian market, it could be hitting US shelves in the not too distant future.
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