Withings, Apple Watch, launches the $ 129 ECG Smart Watch

Withings has had tumultuous years. The company was bought by Nokia only to be bought back by its original owner, Eric Carreel, last May. While selling smart scales, thermometers and other electronic health products, the French company still faces a difficult battle in the portable clothing sector thanks to a supersaturated market. But he is aiming high with his latest device: the $ 129 ECG Withings Move targets those who want a more affordable device to measure home electrocardiograms than the $ 350 Apple.

As with today's portable clothes, the Move ECG has an analog face but includes most of the smart technologies that would be expected from a modern laptop. The kickers are his three electrocardiogram measuring electrodes, two of which are integrated in the body of the watch, while the third is placed in the bezel of the watch. To take a reading, users must touch both sides of the bezel at the same time while wearing the watch and wait about 30 seconds for it to take a measurement.

The process seems almost identical to that of the Apple Watch Series 4, which has a circular electrode on its underside and a smaller electrode on its digital crown. The ECG Displacement sends this data to the Withings Health Mate mobile app so you can see if your heartbeats were normal or if signs of atrial fibrillation were detected. The accumulated data over time can be viewed in larger charts and graphs in the application, and this data can be exported so that users can easily share it with their doctors. Since the announcement today, the ECG movement is being reviewed by the FDA (the ECG application of the Apple Watch Series 4 and its notification of irregular pace have FDA clearance in the United States).

I'm not surprised to see an Apple Watch competitor focused on the ECG. In fact, I plan to see more in the next year. The Apple Watch was not the first consumer electronics to measure ECG data: devices such as the AliveCor KardiaMobile have been available for some time, though they do not make it reading as easy and convenient as the Apple Watch (AliveCor an Apple Watch band accessory to be as practical as the newest Apple Watch itself).

Although ECG monitoring is not necessary for all, Series 4 monitoring has made it a standard feature and has been favorably received since the beginning of surveillance. A single abnormal reading is enough to alert you to a problem you may not have known before. For people with heart problems, an ECG smartwatch makes it easy to monitor your general health at home. I am interested to see how the ECG Move readings compare to those of the Apple Watch, especially with the extra electrode included in the old device.

In addition to ECG monitoring, the Move ECG tracks the daily activity and sleep, the progression of the number of steps being indicated in the sub-dial on the dial of the analog watch. It detects and automatically follows certain activities. These activities include swimming, thanks to the water resistance of the 50-meter apparatus. The displacement ECG also has a GPS connection mode that allows you to map outdoor activities when you use the Health Mate app with the smartwatch. However, it does not have an optical heart rate monitor and the electrodes do not measure the heart rate outside the ECG measurements.

Not including a heart rate monitor is a confusing choice, but Withings has probably done to keep the slim profile of the ECG Move (it looks more like a traditional watch than most of the time). smart watches). The absence of heart rate monitor also contributes to the longevity of the battery: the ECG Move has an estimated battery life of one year.

The Withings ECG costs $ 129 and will be available in the second quarter of 2019.