Any decent smartwatch has a heart rate sensor in it these days. Consumers have become accustomed to glancing down at their wrist for real-time data about their pulse. As wearable technology continues to improve, demand for other tracking features will soar. To some degree, it already is.
Samsung recognizes this trend and is acting to meet it. It announced on Tuesday that it plans to bring blood pressure monitoring to its lineup of Galaxy Watches through the Samsung Health Monitor app. The new feature is supposed to arrive in fall 2020.
Tracking What Matters Most
High blood pressure can lead to a myriad of other health problems. Some estimates suggest that as many as one-third of American adults have high blood pressure. Over time, this results in events like heart attacks and strokes and chronic health problems like kidney disease.
That’s why tracking blood pressure is so important. While one reading is unlikely to be very useful, seeing trends over time can help catch diseases early and gives people time to get the best care possible.
Measuring blood pressure at home, though, isn’t always a simple task. It traditionally requires either an expensive automatic cuff or a manual one and the ability to use it properly. For many people, the time needed to do so causes them to skip measurements entirely. Samsung hopes that allowing people to measure their blood pressure with a smartwatch will make everyone’s lives easier.
Taejong Jay Yang, corporate senior vice president of Samsung’s mobile communications division, says, “The Samsung Health Monitor app has the potential to help millions of people around the world who are affected by high blood pressure.”
According to a company press release, it will be compatible with the suite of sensors on the Galaxy Watch Active 2. It needs to be calibrated with a traditional cuff to begin. Afterward, users are able to tap a button on their watch to get an accurate reading. Samsung says that the tech relies on pulse wave analysis and that a recalibration only needs to be performed every four weeks.
The accompanying Samsung Health Monitor app will be available in the third quarter of 2020. For now, the only hardware that supports it is the Galaxy Watch Active 2. However, the feature will be expanded to upcoming Galaxy Watch devices in the future.
The age of smartwatch heart rate sensors has done something remarkable for the sector. It has introduced people to the convenience and usefulness of smart, connected wearables. Many of the gadgets currently on the market have some amazing health-related features.
Those will only get more impressive as device manufacturers pursue new innovations. The Burn-In has covered a wide range of these gadgets and their potential to revolutionize the way that people manage their health.
The next few years will bring wearable devices with more sensors, better analytics, and more interactivity. Starting with blood pressure measuring in Samsung’s Galaxy Watches, consumers will have more access to wearable health tech than ever.