Run Your Own Diagnostic Tests at Home with Cue

For many families, at-home medical diagnostics are limited to thermometers, scales and the back of Grandma's palm. Innovative devices such as the Cue, however, are bringing health testing out of the hospital lab and into your pocket.
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For many families, at-home medical diagnostics are limited to thermometers, scales and the back of Grandma's palm. Innovative devices such as the Cue, however, are bringing health testing out of the hospital lab and into your pocket.
Cue in action. Photo Credit: Cue

At-home medical technology has come a long way from scales and thermometers. Now, you can skip that trip for your family doctor and diagnose your own symptoms with the help of Cue, a device that allows you to run diagnostic tests at home.

Cue tests for five health indicators, including inflammation, vitamin D, fertility, influenza and testosterone. The device comes with a group of self-tests, which developers say are the most common tests performed by general practitioners in the U.S. They will be adding more tests in the future.

The tests are quite simple -- you take a small sample and put it into the cartridge, which is loaded into the Cue sensor unit. Samples include nasal swabs (influenza), saliva (testosterone) and blood (inflammation, vitamin D, fertility). These samples are placed a wand that is locked in a single-use cartridge, and is then converted into digital information. This information goes to an app (for iOS and Android) through Bluetooth. The app then offers suggestions on how you can improve your health, such as diet plans and exercise recommendations.

"We created Cue as a tool for people who are interested in connecting with their health in a much more direct, intuitive, and powerful way than ever before," says Ayub Khattak, Cue founder and CEO. "People can now keep daily track of measurements that used to be available only on a yearly or bi-yearly basis. We brought together the best minds and spent over four years creating the most advanced consumer health product we have ever seen."

While Cue is certainly making advances in the digital healthcare industry, there are others working toward a similar goal. In fact, the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a competition to bring the Star Trek Tricorder to real life. Essentially, this device would place health monitoring and diagnostics in to the palm of your hand. Teams from all over the world are competing for the $10 million prize.

Cue will be released in Spring 2015, but it is available for preorder for $149 here.

The retail price is expected to be about $300.

Learn more about Cue in the video below.