Asus earlier today at the Computex unveiled the VivoWatch BP – the first ever fitness tracker or smartwatch if you like that is not only capable of tracking your run and making sure you reached your desired steps per day”, but also capable of measuring your blood pressure without an inflatable tube.
To achieve accurate readings of the user’s blood pressure and heart rate, the device uses a combination of EKG (electrocardiogram) and PPG (photoplethysmography) sensors on the display. The wearer places his/her index finger on the PPG sensor, the sensors reads your blood flow via your index finger resulting to an upper and lower systolic and diastolic numbers, as well as your heart rate.
The Asus Vivowatch BP not only measures your blood pressure and heart rate, Asus says it can measure your sleep quality, de-stress index and overall activity data. Interestingly, the Asus Vivo watch has an inbuilt HealthAI app which offers personalized health advice to users based on the data it collects about them. The device according to ASUS can also alert family members or your doctor of any change in vital signs which it considers dangerous, though this feature isn’t available out of the box, Asus says it will be available later on via a software update.
Based on Asus’ own KoodOS, the Asus VivoWatch BP is compatible with both Android and iOS devices and even has a HealthConnect app that reminds you of saves your vitals in the Cloud with a function that allows you set reminders to take medication.
The device is IP67-rated against the ingress of dust and water and comes with an inbuilt BP with GPS, so you can track and share your location independently. The device according to Asus should offer a 28-day battery life under normal use. It goes on sale in Taiwan by the end of July, with Europe following in August at about at $170.