The year of the electrocardiogram technology is in progress. You did not think that it would only act of the Apple Watch?
The new Withings fitness watch, The Move, was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. It's the ability to take electrocardiograms on a normal-looking analog watch – priced at a third of the price of an Apple Watch S4. Withings manufactures a number of medical and portable devices, including blood pressure cuffs. The ECG Core is the company's first watch capable of detecting atrial fibrillation. It is scheduled for the second quarter of this year, pending FDA and CE approvals.
The ECG Move looks like an evolution of the Withings Steel fitness watches available for years, less the optical heart rate monitor and the LED display of the Steel HR. Instead, the displacement ECG relies on analog dials to display physical condition and tracking. The ECG is taken by touching the sides of the steel frame and displays the results on your phone via the connected app.
The watch is water resistant to 50 meters, measures the steps and sleep, monitors the elevation and has a battery life of one year (it is unclear if the watch has a replaceable battery or recharging, but it could work from the old). Like previous Withings watches, she also connects with Apple Health and Google Fit.
A version of the movement without ECG or heart rate is also available for $ 70.
Nokia acquired the French healthcare technology company Withings in 2016 and renamed Nokia Health. However, the company was purchased by the co-founder of Withings in 2018.
To be clear, less expensive ECG devices were available before the Apple Watch. The AliveCor KardiaBand ECG Electrocardiogram Watch Bracelet for Apple Watch debuted at the end of 2017. But the ECG movement looks like one of the most promising signs that the technology of the iPhone and iPod touch. ECG could begin to incorporate more accessible clothing into fitness this year.
The Withings BPM Core Blood Pressure Cuff also includes ECG measurements.
Withings also uses the ECG in its latest blood pressure cuff, the Withings BPM Core, which combines a standard cuff-based blood pressure measurement with an ECG sensor and a digital stethoscope that promises to measure the health of the patients. heart valves. The core of $ 250 BPM is also under review for FDA and EC approvals, with the same release date scheduled for the second quarter.
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