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CES 2017: This Omron smartwatch prototype can measure your blood pressure

By Bryan Chan & Kenny Yeo - on 8 Jan 2017, 7:47pm

CES 2017: This Omron smartwatch prototype can measure your blood pressure

The Omron Project Zero 2.0 is the first smartwatch in the world capable of measuring blood pressure levels.

Smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days and a smartwatch needs to do something really amazing to stand out. Omron’s Project Zero 2.0 does that by being the first smartwatch in the world that is capable of measuring your blood pressure levels.

Hypertension is the medical condition in which blood pressure is constantly elevated. It doesn’t actually cause any symptoms, but it is a major risk factor for more problematic things like stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease and so on.

Omron’s Project Zero 2.0 measures blood pressure just like a typical sphygmomanometer. When activated, you hold the watch to your heart and the watch band expands just like the inflatable cuff of a sphygmomanometer. After about 30 to 45 seconds, the watch displays your blood pressure reading.

Measurements take between 30 to 45 seconds.

Apart from measuring your blood pressure, the Omron Project Zero 2.0 also features an optical heart rate monitor and is able to track your activity like your steps and calories burnt. 

It also has other typical smartwatch features such as text and email notifications.

The Project Zero 2.0 is presently going through the final rounds of FDA approval, and should be available in retail perhaps later this year. We were told that based on the prices of components today, it should go on sale for about US$300 (~RM1,342).