07 June 2018
Asus has launched a new wearable called the Asus Vivowatch BP which monitors your blood pressure. The wearable market is being driven by health and fitness monitors, with Apple taking the lead. Despite having countless sensors, to date, no wearable has been launched which can measure the user’s blood pressure.
At Computex 2018, ASUS has unveiled the new VivoWatch BP that brings a blood pressure monitor to the consumer wearable market. The wearable uses an ECG monitor for reading the heart rate and a PPG monitor to detect blood flow. Together these two can measure your blood pressure. You simply have to put your index finger on the sensor on the watch’s face and wait for a maximum of 30 seconds to get the reading.
The Asus Vivowatch BP has its own operating system and can connect with a special smart mobile app to sync its data. ASUS says that app will have some AI features as well. It remains to be seen how accurate its blood pressure measurements are in comparison to professional equipment. However, considering it takes readings in just a few seconds makes it a wonderful product. The Asus VivoWatch BP will cost $169, and will hit the shelves in Asia by July end this year. In the US the wearable is expected to reach the market by the second half of 2019, after receiving FDA approval.
The Asus Vivowatch BP competes with the Omron HeartGuide which was announced at CES 2018. Omron’s wearable uses an inflating strap to check blood pressure. In comparison, the VivoWatch BP is much easier to use. The Omron HearGuide is also expected to hit the shelves by year-end.