A pregnancy test can tell you if you can expect a little bundle of joy in nine months, but not much else. So working with Qualcomm, First Response has created the first Bluetooth app-connected pregnancy test that provides other crucial info and guidance if you are indeed expecting.
In terms of usability and form factor, the First Response Pregnancy Pro test looks and works like other pregnancy tests already on the market, sampling a woman’s urine to determine if they’re expecting. But the process is made less complicated through an accompanying iOS and Android app that walks the user through each step.
The test includes instructions on how to properly take a urine sample, how to connect it to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth, and then provides calming, informational, or entertaining distractions during the three-minute waiting period before the results are displayed.
Compared to a series of symbols on a tiny LCD display, the app makes it almost impossible to misinterpret a positive or negative response. But the most useful feature of the Bluetooth-connected pregnancy test is what happens after the results are displayed.
If the result is negative, the app will provide suggestions, tips, and other resources about getting pregnant, tailored to the user based on a series of questions they were asked at the start. If the test was positive, the app will calculate the baby’s expected due date, but also provide details on important follow-up steps like confirming the results with a doctor’s visit, and what diet or lifestyle changes should be made to help ensure a safe pregnancy.
The First Response app that the test connects to also serves as a period tracker which can be a valuable tool for users trying to get pregnant, and it provides details about important milestones as a pregnancy progresses. So you don’t have to install just for the three-minute test, there’s considerable added value.
And added value is important because the First Response Pregnancy Pro Digital Pregnancy Test will have a price of around $US15 ($21) to $US22 ($31), considerably more expensive than traditional pregnancy tests, and they’re not reusable. Once you’re done with the test you have to dispose of the whole thing, Bluetooth hardware and all, which might weigh heavy on the conscience of those who are dedicated to recycling. No word yet on Australian pricing and availability.