Apple made a splash last year when it was announced that its latest Watch would record an electrocardiogram (ECG), on top of a normal pulse. Withings, manufacturer of analog smartwatches, now follows suit – for a fraction of the price.
Published at CES 2019, Move ECG expands on Withings hybrid watch design with a conventional analog face covering a Bluetooth-linked activity tracker and remote messaging gadget. The new design adds triple electrodes, one hidden under the watch's body and two integrated in the side. When the user clamps the designated spots on the ring, they can activate an ECG scan, which takes about thirty seconds. The results are synchronized with the Withings app on iOS or Android, providing a much deeper and more complete look at cardiovascular health than a simple heart rate reading.
Moving ECGs can do all other activity tracker things as well: step and sleep tracking, exercise detection, calculated calories burned and discrete messages, plus height and 50 meter water resistance. The new unit will start during the second quarter of 2019 for USD 130.
If you don't need the ECG feature, "Regular" Withings Move will cost just $ 70, with a wider selection of colors at launch in February, and a customization tool available online later this year. The online tool also allows you to upload your own photos to be used for the watch's face. For those who like their customization, a little more low standard 18mm watch bands will work with both Move models.
Withings also announces its first connected "cardiovascular display" – a neat blood pressure cuff. BPM Core can record blood pressure and heart rate, and it has the same ECG monitor as the new clock, all automatically synchronize data via Bluetooth. From the app Withings on Android or iOS, data can be shared easily with any doctor. Withings says that the cuff is as accurate as the cuffs you find in a hospital and currently goes through the FDA and CE (European Union) certification process. It lands in the second quarter for $ 250.
Trying BPM Core on the show was surprisingly simple, with a full ECG scan showing heart status in just a few seconds. The integrated LED matrix display shows pulse, blood pressure and other information quickly. While the high price can remove more casual users, those who need regular regular medical data will love the simple function and wireless synchronization.