Yes, Apple ‘Watch Series 4’ pioneered ECG/EKG way back in 2018. This is, however, Fitbit’s first foray into this field. That it has got US FDA approval is BIG. Samsung is still struggling to get this approved on their new ‘Watch 3’. That must be galling for them.
The Fitbit ‘Sense’, at $329, is quite the watch. It has built-in GPS & all the latest health tracking features. Most impressive Fitbit ever — & it even has an AMOLED, always-on display with a 6-day battery life. This is quite the watch & it is $100 cheaper than the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. Hopefully I will get one, in October, from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) to evaluate. I will keep you posted. OK?
The ‘Samsung Watch 3‘ has potential. NO, I haven’t got one yet. SMILE. But, I probably will in a few weeks after I double-, triple-check the reviews.
I will, of course, keep you posted. IF you are interested PLEASE joint the group. It is FREE (for now). SMILE.
‘Amazfit GTR’ With 24-Day Battery Life & Premium Fashion Look Will Be Available In The U.S. In August 2019.
The Amazfit GTR with the leather strap, titanium-body and high-end looks reminds me of the Garmin MARQ Expedition I wear — though there is an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE difference in price!
Functionally, other than the incredible, 24-day battery-life and water-resistance to 50-meters, it, with the trademark bright AMOLED display (with 326 pixel resolution), appears to have functionality similar to the quite impressive Amazfit Verge (e.g., GPS/GLONASS, 12 sport modes etc.). There is NO MENTION, as yet, of an ECG/EKG capability. But, that might come.
I have been told that it will be available in the U.S. in August 2019. I have not got an exact date yet. I will work on that.
Looks a nice watch. I might get one and put my Garmin MARQ Expedition away (to ‘appreciate’ in peace (SMILE)).
Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.
With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.
U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.
My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.
My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!
I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.
But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.
So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.
So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.
The Soon To Be Available Samsung ‘Galaxy Active’ Smartwatch Will Measure Blood Pressure On The Wrist.
Heart rate monitoring is good. A must have and I am not sure I could now live without it.
ECG/EKG is cute, but it doesn’t seem to do much for I since I, to my amazement, appear to have a normal rhythm.
But, on the wrist blood pressure monitoring, with a smartwatch, is HUGE. I have always said I will get a smartwatch that will accurately measure blood pressure. This Samsung Galaxy Active appears to have it ALL for $199. It is crazy. GPS, sleep, AMOLED display, HR and blood pressure.
Now I did own a Samsung Frontier S3 but I didn’t use it much. Ended up selling it — for a decent price. But, the Galaxy Active might be different. Having blood pressure, on my wrist, 24×7, is hard to bypass.
Galaxy Active will NOT be available till March 8, 2019. There are NO reviews of the blood pressure feature as yet. I would like to see a couple of reviews. But, for that price I might just pre-order and if it does not work — return it.
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First ‘Apple’, Then ‘Withings’ & Next ‘Google’ Offering A Smartwatch With On-Demand ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring.
This is a concept watch for now, NOT available to the consumer.
But, we all know where it is going. It is no secret that Google will announce a ‘Pixel’ smartwatch, later in 2019, to compete with Apple, Fitbit etc. That is when we will see this ECG feature.
The ‘Verge’ article has it right. Over the next 6 months we will start seeing more and more watches offering ECG. I am excited.
Two ECG traces — one from SplenCare other from KardiaMobile.
Notice, they look very much alike. That is GOOD.
OK, I am lucky enough to be able to have BOTH, the $99 AliveCor KardiaMobile & the $79 SplendCare unit.
As you can see from the two plots above the readings I got from the two, despite the $20 price difference, is very much the same.
Given that equivalence, I have to say that I prefer the less expensive SplendCare unit more, and it would be the one that I recommend.
What is my main reason. Bluntly put, much less hassle. SplendCare, with its cute, built-in screen, is a standalone unit. Take it out of the box, charge it and BANG you get a reading. You don’t have to download an APP, register, wait for a doctor to do the first reading etc. That is way cool. Plus, unlike the KardiaMobile it is not obnoxious. With the ‘Kardia’ it is always ’10 questions’ before you can get started. Not so with the SplendCare. Pleasure to use.
Yes, I did install the Windows APP. Easy enough. And downloading the ECG readings via USB was a piece of cake. So, that is the key theme …. easy, easy, easy. I liked it.
If you need a ECG unit get the SplendCare for $79. Money well spent.
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Apple Watch 4 has 4 important HEALTH-related features, of particular pertinence to seniors. They are:
- ECG/EKG reading off the wrist.
- Fall detection using gyroscope.
- Emergency SOS (i.e., 911) calling.
- Relaxation (reduce stress) APP.
In theory, these features could help insurers safe money. So, that is what this is all about. Some Medicare Advantage plans (and I do have a Humana Plan) pay for Health Club membership. So, this along those same lines.
This would be HUGE for Apple. If Seniors start promenading around with Apple Watch 4s others will follow. Great marketing for Apple. The best.
Ever Stylish ‘Withings’ Joins Apple In Offering A Smartwatch With On-Demand ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring.
It is not as fancy, nor expensive, as the Apple Watch 4, but it looks good, has fixed analog hands and claims to have a 1-year battery life. But, it is not due to be available till the second-half of 2019 and does not have built-in GPS. I am also not sure whether it does Heart Rate outside of doing an ECG. Hhhmmm.
Without GPS, any Withings is not for I. Shame. I like their look and the battery life is taking things to a whole new dimension (and I write this while charging my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus).
Appears that Withings needs FDA approval before they can release this. I will try and keep you posted.
This was announced at ‘CES 2019‘ that is just starting.