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ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring On ANY Apple Watch With AliveCor’s ‘KardiaBand’.

by Anura Guruge


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Link to AliveCor’s product page.


This is pretty clever BUT, at present, too limited in that it ONLY works with Apple Watches & exploitatively priced!

It is definitely worth $99 and I say that as somebody who just a month ago bought a $99 ‘KardiMobile‘ that works with BOTH Android & Apple and does NOT require the $99 Premium Membership.

IF they make one that is Garmin compatible and does NOT require the Premium Membership I will get one — as long as the strap is not too ugly.

Great idea. Poor execution.

I have noticed this with AliveCor. They seem DESPERATE for cash. Continually trying to get you to buy membership.

I am not sure what the PATENT situation is with this technology. I would LOVE to see others enter the arena and make an effort to work with Garmin.


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I Traded-Up To A ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ With The ‘HRM USA’ ‘Garmin VIP Club’ Program.

by Anura Guruge


My new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.




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Of course, this was inevitable — especially since the “VIP Club” makes it so easy and affordable.

Just got the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire, black-on-black, this morning. It looks the same as the Fenix 5 though the face, in reality, is a bit sharper and clearer. That is probably the Sapphire glass.

I had had my Garmin Fenix 5 for 5 months and 5 days. Not bad for I. Pretty good. I was hoping to make the 6-month mark, but succumbed.

Of course, I like it. LOVE THE MAPS. GPS on your wrist. Accurate too.

Setting it up was more finicky than I would have liked. Insisted on doing the first firmware update over Bluetooth though I had charged it connected to Garmin Express! I can’t confirm it yet but I think the ‘Plus’ USB ‘behavior’ is different to that of past Garmin’s — at least with Windows 7. I will have to confirm that.

Music is a non-starter for I. I like to think while I run. Music would just be a distraction. I can’t think deeply enough with music.

Well, I will keep you posted.

P.S., You really should joint the “VIP Club“. Best thing that happened to Garmin since GPS!

P.P.S., HRM USA, nicest folks ever, let me hold onto my Fenix 5 till the Fenix 5 Plus arrived.


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They Really Do Have ‘Rolex’ Watch Faces For The ‘Garmin Fenix 5’ For REAL — After My Joke Suggestion.

by Anura Guruge


My post, on this blog, from a few months ago.


Today, I got an e-mail from a Garmin ‘insider’ telling me that two Rolex watch faces are indeed available in the ‘Garmin Connect IQ store’.

I went looking. Sure enough.

Click to access the ‘Garmin Connect IQ’ store.


Yes, I downloaded them. They didn’t blow me away. Appears that you have to PAY for the ‘read’ face. I might do that when I get a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.


I don’t think either is as good as the watch face I created, in minutes, on PowerPoint.

 

 

 


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Maybe I Am Doing Better Than I Realize.

by Anura Guruge


I saw this on Facebook this morning, in the ‘Garmin Connect Users‘ group that I belong to.

I was impressed. It said ‘OPTIMAL’.


I never check any of this ‘Performance’ or ‘Training’ stuff on my Garmin Fenix 5 because I assume I am a slug and all that it is going to show that is that I am old, feeble and a loser when it comes to health & fitness.

But, I was curious. I knew where to look. Just pressing a few buttons. This is what I GOT! Wow. I was impressed.

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Close to TWICE his reading. His was in the green‘ ‘optimal’ zone. Mine was in the ‘RED’ ‘High’ zone. Wow. So, maybe I might be doing something right and might not be the total loser on the fitness front that I think of myself as being.


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The New ‘Polar Vantage V’ Sports Watch — Good Looking, But I Am Still Keeping My Garmin Fenix 5.

by Anura Guruge


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Its announcement last week, by Polar, had slipped under my radar. I did NOT see it on any of my news feeds and most of them go out of their way to keep me abreast of new smart watches. That actually might have been the issue. Polar is positioning it, squarely and uncompromisingly, as a ‘Premium GPS Multisport‘ Watch. I only heard about it when a contact in the industry send me an e-mail.

I had a quick look. Sure looks nice. I like the display.

But, from what I can see, and I only got to spend a few minutes with the spec., it is not exactly a head-to-head Garmin Fenix 5 competitor.

For a start, from what I can see, it does not have a gyroscope. And to that end I notice it does NOT mention open water swimming.

There is also no mention of stress monitoring. Not a biggie, but something I use.

I might, with luck, get a chance to check it out. That would be interesting.

Its price puts it firmly in Garmin Fenix 5 territory.

Interesting. I have never owned or worn a Polar but I know that it is popular among the diehard crowd.


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Two Very Different AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ ECGs — Appears There Is A Right & Wrong Orientation.

by Anura Guruge


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So, two different ECGs. The top one is mine, the bottom one isn’t. Both were APPROVED by the so called AliveCor board-certified cardiologist. The bottom one looked wrong to I — and I am by no means an ECG expert. The spikes are going down when I am used to seeing them going up. But, AliveCor said it was OK.

So, what did I do?

What any sensible person would do. I turned to Twitter! When I posted yesterday’s post on Twitter a number of ‘doctors’, to my amazement, responded. So, I asked them. Glad I did. Appears that the KardiMobile has a right and wrong orientation. I guess the name ‘Kardia’ (and the upside down ‘V’) should be such that you can read it — the right way up. Wow. Simple as that. So, the reading was correct. ECG is correct — just upside down.

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I Got An AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ So I Can Get ECGs WITHOUT An Apple Watch Series 4.

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I got it yesterday, Saturday, and only managed to try it out at 1:54am the next day. Yes, nearly 2am on Sunday. This is normal for I — and as you can see from 60bpm heart rate I do good at night.

AliveCor insists that the first ECG has to be APPROVED by a Board Certified cardiologists BEFORE you can see it. Seems like an unreasonable imposition to I. But, no way you can get around it. They say that the turn-around will be within 24-hours.

Mine was approved when I checked my e-mail at ~9am in the morning. So, that was pretty good. Looks like I will live through at least this coming week.

Don’t know it is right or accurate. The heart rate was spot on SINCE I had my Garmin Fenix 5 on — and also checked my blood pressure with a cuff. Both of them also said 60 bpm, which is fairly average for I if I am sitting down doing nothing. So, at least that part is correct.

The ‘Kardi’ APP is kind of obnoxious. Won’t let you take screenshots BUT you can e-mail your ECG. So, I just e-mail myself each ECG. They arrive as PDF. Once I have the PDF I can do whatever.

I don’t see the need for the $10/month PREMIUM option. Just e-mail the ECGs to yourself.

It does NOT require Bluetooth or PAIRING. It works via an ultrasound signal picked up by our phones microphone. So, that is easy enough.

Yes, you can let others use it. I already did. No problem.

I am NOT attaching it to my phone. That is stupid. I am storing it in the rather nice box it came in. That works. That is the blue packaging you see in the pictures.


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