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Omron is showcasing a consumer-ready version of its new fitness watch that tracks blood pressure.
Hypertension affects one in three adults but many are not aware they have a problem as there are no obvious symptoms. This is why it is important to regularly measure and track your blood pressure. But lets face it, blood pressure monitors are not the easiest devices to use.
The medical giant wants to make your life easier with its Omron HeartGuide. Due to be showcased at CES 2018, the ultra-compact and stylish device measures blood pressure with clinical accuracy at the push of a button. Best of all, there are no cuffs, wires or hoses.
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This is the first watch-sized sphygmanometer that promises readings as accurate as you would get from upper arm models. Featuring up to 7 days of battery life, the gadget figures out how you’re holding your arm, and alerts you to move it if needed for improved accuracy.
The Japanese outfit says its filed 50 new technology patents on the components. This is primarily to do with the miniaturization of blood pressure pumps, valves, and chips.
In addition to tracking blood pressure, the watch provides real-time information on physical activity and sleep. The data is synced to Omron’s Connect app which is set to receive a revamp. The new app works across Omron’s range of connected blood pressure monitors, its easier to navigate, provides better graphs and allows you to share readings with your doctor. This app will be out on February 1, 2018.
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The company will be submitting the Omron HeartGuide for FDA review later this year. The device should be ready for sale in the fall of 2018.
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