There are few shock factors in our society these days. We can Google anything, find all kinds of videos anywhere, and there are apps for everything. However, there is no way anyone could have foreseen a Bluetooth-enabled pregnancy test. That’s right, a pregnancy test that connects to Bluetooth to give a woman her results. Cue the falling jaws.
First Response introduces the very first pregnancy test that connects through an app on your phone to let women know whether they are pregnant. No, that does not mean that you pee on your phone! Also, whatever you do, do not pee directly on the test itself, either. This test takes a step in the old-fashioned direction. You must urinate in a cup and saturate only the absorbent tip. It is a digital device, after all.
The test can even customize, among other things, the way it delivers the results. Depending on whether the woman hopes she is pregnant or not pregnant, the test will either offer a congratulatory message with the outcome or something a little tamer.
I don’t need a damn Bluetooth pregnancy test https://t.co/g9WMTwTjOS
— Anonymous 4thEstate (@4thAnon) January 8, 2016
There is no need to worry about your privacy either. The Bluetooth test, while it requires certain information about you to personalize your results and the features it provides for you after you receive them, does not collect or save any information you give. The test won’t even pull up the results until the woman enters in a security code, much like those issued by Facebook and a number of email pages to assure that the woman is the only one who is reading the results. Group Brand Manager Wendy Bishop speaks about their company’s dedication to women’s privacy especially during such a delicate time.
“We take privacy very seriously,” she says.
Many women worry about test accuracy and early pregnancy detection. First Response says that the Bluetooth test can detect the pregnancy hormone up to six days before a woman misses her period. As with their other test, they announced that this test is also over 99% accurate.
Cost is another concern for a potentially expecting woman. Women need reliable pregnancy tests that will not put a strain on their wallets. First Response says not to worry. While the digital Bluetooth test is more expensive than the traditional tests, with a price range estimated at $15 to $25, the cost difference is not a drastic one.
This Bluetooth test concept takes away some of the stress and anxiety of the at-home pregnancy test process. The companion smartphone app has features that either educate women about pregnancy or help keep them calm while they wait for the results. That three-minute wait can really take a toll on a girl. The app also lets women know whether the test is working properly, so there is no second-guessing or mixed up results.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) January 7, 2016
After a positive result, the app will help keep track of doctor appointments, answer frequently asked questions about pregnancy and parenting, and track the growth and development of your baby. If the outcome is negative, it offers tips on fertility and recommends methods for timing cycles and ovulation. This does not mean women should use the test as a substitute for a trip to your doctor; it just means that it can offer handy advice before your appointment.
Once upon a time, computers were capable of everything. Today, we have devices for the things that we did not even realize PCs could not do. Now we even have pregnancy tests we can connect to via Bluetooth and get results, plus a little extra. There truly is nothing that technology cannot do.
[Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]