If you need to monitor your blood pressure regularly, you may have used one of those blood pressure monitors that you wraps around your upper arm, and display results on an LCD display, and in some cases, synchronize the data with your smartphone Bluetooth.
Those devices do the job, but they may be inconvenient to use daily, and some people just forgo measurements. Omron first introduced a more user-friendly solution with their Project Zero BP6000 blood pressure monitor-in-a-watch in 2016, further refined with Project Zero 2.0 watch in 2017. That’s all good, except for the same details that neither versions of the watch – to be called Heartvue – are for sale, as the company is still working on FDA approval…
ASUS has filled the void with VivoWatch BP watch, and IMHO has taken a more clever approach to launching their product, since the watch will be available in Asia this summer, and in the US after FDA approval, which is scheduled for 2019, but I’d not be surprised by delays.
ASUS VivoWatch BP (HC-A04) watch runs KoodOS, and embeds ECG and PPG sensors that measure blood pressure in about 15 seconds, and display SYS/DIA and heart rate values on its color display. The watch offers up to 4 weeks of battery, and works with ASUS HealthAI smart technology, an algorithm provides personalized health advice and blood pressure management tips based on the data.
VivoWatch BP will also support typical fitness tracker features like step counting, and sleep tracking, and synchronization with Android or iOS smartphone via ASUS HealthConnect app. Other features include GPS connectivity, as well as IP67 ingress protection rating against water and dust.
Price is expected to be around $169. More details may eventually be added to the product page, but if the meantime you may want to read the post on ASUS blog to find out a little more about the wearable device.
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