Omron unveils a real blood-pressure smartwatch

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Omron Healthcare has unveiled new products in personal heart health technology at the CES 2018, including the Omron HeartGuide, the first wearable oscillometric wrist blood pressure monitor; and the Omron Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG, the first single at-home device in the U.S. that measures blood pressure and EKG. The company also previewed its new Omron Connect App which syncs with Omron connected devices so consumers can store, track and share heart health data with their doctors for better treatment and better outcomes.

“According to the new scientific guidelines on blood pressure, 103 million Americans are now in the hypertensive range,” Omron Healthcare President and CEO, Ranndy Kellogg, said in a statement. “With these new devices, Omron Healthcare offers a range of blood pressure monitors to meet the needs and preferences of every one of them.”

Omron HeartGuide

Dubbed the first-ever wearable oscillometric wrist blood pressure monitor, the Omron HeartGuide comes in the form of a wristwatch with an inflatable cuff built into the watch band. The device uses oscillometric measurement — the inflation of a cuff to measure systolic and diastolic pressure — which is still the only FDA-recognized standard for accurate, automated blood pressure measurement at home.

Omron HeartGuide watch

Omron has filed over 50 new technology patents on the components developed for the HeartGuide, including miniaturization of blood pressure pumps, valves, and chips that has never been achieved previously. Some of the pumps and valves in the device are no larger than a grain of rice.

Also interesting is that HeartGuide’s band uses a flexible synthetic material five times stronger than steel; this rare material, which is used in the airbags of NASA’s Mars Lander, allows the band to inflate to take a reading while withstanding air pressure and maintaining its shape to ensure accurate measurement. The HeartGuide will mark the first time this material is used in a commercial health device.

The Omron HeartGuide will be submitted for FDA review later this year and will be clinically validated before it arrives for retail purchase.

Omron Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG

The Omron Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG is the first blood pressure monitor in the U.S. for use at home that can also simultaneously take an EKG (electrocardiogram) reading, giving it the “unprecedented ability” to monitor two critical risk factors for stroke. Omron developed this heart health technology with AliveCor, the market leader in FDA-cleared EKG technology.

The Omron Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG will be submitted to the FDA later this year and will be clinically validated before it is available for retail purchase.

New Omron Connect App

Finally, Omron is also previewing a new version of its smartphone app which syncs via Bluetooth with its connected heart health devices. The Omron Connect App allows to store a range of data, including blood pressure, EKG and heart rate. The app’s easy-to-navigate, user-friendly interface features an intuitive dashboard that conveniently charts and graphs data, making it easy for users to keep close watch on their heart health trends.

The new Omron Connect App can be downloaded for free from the Apple iOS or Google Play stores in February 2018, in conjunction with Heart Health Month.