The French brand, Withings, has launched a new health tracker called the Move ECG that allows users to easily monitor their cardiovascular health and prevent heart conditions through a sleek analog watch.
According to Withings, the Move ECGis the world’s first analog watch to record an electrocardiogram (ECG) on-demand, allowing users to easily and affordably monitor their cardiovascular health at any time and detect heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Known for bringing Activité, the first activity tracker built into a traditional watch design, to market in 2014, Withings received an innovation award at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the Move ECG.
“The Move ECG embodies this mission by combining medical grade heart monitoring technology with the popular connected analog watch design and superior battery life of up to one year, making it easy and enjoyable to wear and monitor health levels from day to night,” says Withings.
Cardiovascular Early Warning System
The Move ECGbrings a new level of heart monitoring to the traditional analog watch with its ability to take an electrocardiogram on-demand to help detect AFib, the most common heart arrhythmia. AFib is a serious form of irregular heart rhythm that can lead to fatigue, shortness of breath and heart failure. It is also known to be a major risk for stroke.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates six million people in the U.S. have AFib. The condition, however, is often under-diagnosed as its symptoms are not always present and can easily be missed if they are not occurring during infrequent doctors’ visit.
“The ability for people to take an ECG in real-time as they experience a symptom such as palpitation or shortness of breath makes the Withings Move ECG a game changer,” said Eric Carreel, President of Withings. “While providing medical grade measurements, the elegant watch looks nothing like a bulky medical device. With Move ECG we have created a cardiovascular early warning system that can be worn every day, can capture and record cardiovascular events as they occur and help reduce the risks of heart disease.”
On-Demand ECG on the Wrist
Traditional ECG devices have long been associated with bulky, unattractive and complicated products. With the Move ECG, users can still monitor their heart health levels through a discreet and simple gesture, without having to give up their style preferences or daily routine.
The Move ECG includes three electrodes to ensure measurement accuracy. Two electrodes are discreetly integrated inside the main body of the watch, and the third electrode is in the stainless steel bezel of the watch. When users experience symptoms such as palpitation, they simply need to touch both sides of the bezel to start recording anytime and anywhere.
After less than 30 seconds of measurement, the Move ECGvibrates to notify users that the reading is complete. It then syncs automatically with the Health Mate app, which displays whether the heart is beating in a normal pattern or whether there are signs of AFib. Additionally, users can find a detailed graph of long-term heart rate trends and ECG readings in Health Mate. Data collected by the Move ECGand visualized in Health Mate can easily be shared with a doctor or healthcare professional, which can help assist with early diagnosis and prevention.
All Day Activity Tracking:
The Move ECGconnects to the dedicated Health Mate app for iOS and Android that provides data, insights, scheduled activity reminders, set goals and manages successes. It also connects with more than 100 third-party apps such as Apple Health, Google Fit, or MyFitnessPal. In addition to monitoring heart health, the Move ECGis also packed with the advanced activity and sleep tracking features users have come to expect from Withings, including:
Activity & Workout Tracking:
The Move ECG is available for $129.95, with watch faces available in both white and black, along with a variety of wristband colors and material options.
The Move ECG is currently under review by FDA and CE clearance to be classified as a medial device.
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