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CES 2022 | Abbott's next-gen biowearables are rated to turn your smartphone into an enhanced personal bio-tracking system

An Abbott biowearable. (Source: Abbott)
An Abbott biowearable. (Source: Abbott)
Abbott's best-known consumer products might be the FreeStyle line of blood glucose-monitoring "biowearables". Now, the biomedical OEM has announced that it will expand this category with new tracking prowess. This Lingo series of sensors is touted to put the user in more control over their health and fitness than ever before.

Abbott is a company mainly associated with the areas of diagnostics, cardiac implants such as stents and medicines from ibuprofen to ACE inhibitors. However, it has also recently found success in the European market with the FreeStyle Libre series of "biowearables", suitable for use by consumers with conditions such as diabetes. They help people such as the comedian Sherri Shepherd and the world-record marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge manage and monitor their glucose levels.

Now, Abbott has "headlined" CES for the first time in 2022 to unveil the expansion of this product line, which require that they pierce the skin in order to be kept on one arm. This new Lingo series will do much the same in order to track glucose, lactate or ketone levels.

Abbott asserts that a Lingo biowearable will gather and analyze data with high sensitivity and efficacy, and send the results to the user's smartphone, as a smartwatch or fitness tracker would. This, as the OEM's chairman and CEO. Robert B. Ford, will afford customers "a window into [their] body".

On the other hand, despite Abbott's reputation, the in-development Lingo series is not intended to match up to clinical or formal diagnostic standards. In any case, it may encounter competitors such as other, potentially non-invasive, glucose monitors on its launch.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 5116 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-01- 7 (Update: 2022-01- 9)