The ASUS VivoWatch BP takes your blood pressure straight from your wrist
ASUS may not be making a play for a slice of the Android smartwatch market anymore, but it isn’t quite done with wearables yet.
At Computex yesterday, the company announced the VivoWatch BP, the successor to the original VivoWatch from three years ago. The health-focused wearable packs a bunch of new features and upgrades, but as its name suggests, the highlight is its built-in blood pressure monitor.
This is still a rarity in smartwatches today, and one of the only other devices that can do this is the new Omron HeartGuide, which is slated for a launch later this year.
ASUS uses a combination of electrocardiogram (EKG) and optical photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors on the front and back to obtain an accurate reading of the wearer’s blood pressure and heart rate. It does this in real-time, and you can take a reading by simply unlocking the watch, swiping to the blood pressure reading mode, and placing your finger on the PPG sensor on the front.
This can take up to 20 seconds, and you’ll also have access to other health data such as heart rate, activity data, something ASUS calls a de-stress index, and sleep quality.
That said, the VivoWatch BP isn’t going to win any awards for style. Its quite chunky and the screen is framed by huge bezels, but I suppose it’s actually pretty sleek for a blood pressure monitor. All things considered, it’s a good effort at shrinking down the gear required to obtain a reasonably accurate blood pressure reading.
The watch pairs with the HealthAI app, which lets you share health information collected by the VivoWatch BP with family members and doctors. In addition, it comes with GPS tracking, so you can also share location data with family members as long as the watch is connected to a smartphone.
Finally, ASUS is claiming up to 28 days of battery life, more than double that of the first VivoWatch.
The VivoWatch BP will start at US$169.