The first autonomous smartwatch that tracks cardiovascular health and blood pressure has begun rolling off the production line. Farasha LLC, the company behind SoWatch, says its backers on Indiegogo and Kickstarter should start to receive the device in the coming days.
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The two campaigns were launched back in 2016. They generated a lot of interest and managed to pull in a combined total of almost $500,000 from 3,500 backers. Delivery was originally set for March 2017 but ran into delays.
This is a smartwatch that not only helps you stay fit, but also monitors your heart health. The company has worked with cardiologists and sport doctors to integrate algorithms able to record the sound of your heart and draw your cardiovascular activity. To this end the device keeps tabs on blood pressure, heart rate, heart rate variability, core temperature, oxygen level in blood, physical activity, sleep status, sound of your heart and EKG cardiogram.
The vitals data can be captured manually by resting your finger on the front of the device. There are also sensors in the back for automatic capture. The data in raw form (.csv, pdf and .xls) is accessible to you, your doctor or anyone that you authorize.
We’ve seen many of these metrics already but on in one device. And we’ve not yet seen a smartwatch that can keep tabs on your blood pressure from the wrist with any reasonable degree of accuracy. Certainly not one that sells for $99!
Outside of cardiovascular health tracking, the gizmo tracks your activity throughout the day so you can stay on top of your fitness with easy to understand metrics. It has built-in GPS and accelerometer to track your sport activity, motivate you to do more exercices, and help you compare your performances with your friends.
The combination of the oxygen saturation level in the blood, sleep status and the volume of your training program, is used by their algorithms to can help you avoid overtraining and muscular/tendon injuries and optimize recovery. You can also set up notifications to alert your family, friends, and physician if anything happens.
This was certainly a very ambitious project. If the SoWatch manages to deliver accurate cardiovascular data, it will give the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and Apple something to think about.
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