A Huawei watch with blood pressure tracking ability will land in the second half of this year. The info has been revealed by a senior manager of Huawei.
There are very few watches right now that can monitor for blood pressure. The Samsung line is one exception although this still seems to be work in progress. But it looks like the tide is slowly shifting.
We reviewed recently Aktiia, a blood pressure monitoring bracelet. It automatically captures readings multiple times per day via an optical sensor. Other companies are looking to get in on the game as well.
Valencell has announced at CES 2021 that its optical sensors have been upgraded to capture blood pressure readings from the wrist with cuff-like accuracy. The tech is expected to debut in the latter part of this year.
There’s also the next generation tech that a number of companies such as Apple, Zepp Health, Withings and Samsung are exploring with Rockley Photonics. The difference between these sensors and the ones typically used today is that higher wavelengths are utilized in addition to those on the visible spectrum. The miniature Spectrometer-on-chip is apparently capable of capturing info on blood oxygen, hydration, heart rate, heart rate variability, core body temperature, breath rate, blood pressure, hydration, glucose and more.
Huawei blood pressure watch
We’re not sure which tech Huawei will employ, but their first watch with blood pressure monitoring capability is set to land in the second half of 2021. This is according to a Weibo post by Hua Hegang – the President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Mobile Phone Product Line. The device has now passed initial medical tests so is ready to to move on to clinical trials.
Huawei plans to start research on hypertension management with recognized institutions to explore how its tech can be used to monitor blood pressure – from screening to early intervention. They are also looking to integrate continuous body temperature detection technology in their wearables.
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Renders of the blood pressure watch have also appeared on Weibo. The device has a large rectangular display and a Home and Health key. In terms of looks, the timepiece very much resembles Huawei Watch Fit. There’s no way to tell at this stage whether this is, indeed, the real thing.
Before we see the blood pressure watch, Huawei will reportedly debut two watches running HarmonyOS in June. This includes Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro. We are expecting a revamped user interface and support for eSIMs and cellular connectivity so you can do more from your wrist.
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