AliveCor, a healthcare startup, has unveiled the world's first Apple Watch strap with an integrated ECG sensor. The quality of data measurement is comparable to a conventional device from the nearest clinic.
Getting information is easy - just place your finger near the plate, which is placed right on the stylish Watch strap.
The strap is offered complete with a proprietary application. The software automatically reads data from the sensors built into the accessory, invites the owner to take voice notes and send them to the attending physician together with the ECG. With the help of notes, the specialist can easily understand the picture in front of him - for example, is the rapid heartbeat caused by just a cup of coffee or something more serious.
Voice memos can also be used to monitor other things, such as the amount of food eaten or exercise done. The collected data can be sent to Apple Health.
The developers note that their new product will be especially useful for people with arrhythmia - the Kardia Band will be able to determine the pre-stroke state (or, conversely, to report that everything is in order now with health). But all people who are not indifferent to their health can use it. AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra (ex-Google, known as the creator of the social network Google+):
The only unclear moment in this story is the price of AliveCor (its manufacturer has not yet announced it). The fate of the product will depend on the "price tag". Depending on it, AliveCor can become both a niche solution (for example, it will be bought by medical institutions and will be offered to patients), as well as a mass product. To be honest, the first option looks more realistic.
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