Withings Move ECG: Analog watch with on-demand EKG readings

Withings today widened its portfolio, announcing multiple wearables at CES. Chief among them is a new analog watch which can take on-demand electrocardiogram (EKG) readings. The Move ECG, as its called, also packs an amazing 12-months battery life.

The Move ECG helps usher in the new Move line of devices from Withings and is quite impressive in its ability to measure heart rhythm patterns. Featuring three electrodes (two inside the back, one inside the bezel), the $130 watch can measure simply by pressing the sides of the bezel.

The Move ECG is currently under FDA review but it’s not required to sell the device. Withings could certainly release the wearable without, but the certification will give it a feather in its cap and likely help to boost sales.

Withings Move ECG Features

  • Ability to track calories burned, pace, distance, workout routes and for the first time in a Withings Watch – elevation, as tracking floors climbed is helpful to those focused on heart health goals.
  • Step count progress is shown at the watch’s sub-dial. Users can see at a glance how far they are from their set daily step count goal based on 0 to 100 percent.
  • Automatic recognition of daily activities including walking, running, swimming and for the first time on a Withings watch, cycling and stairs climbed. Sessions that are automatically detected are recorded in the Health Mate app which shows the duration and calories burned during a given activity. Overall daily and weekly steps, calories burned, floors climbed and distance are also shown
    within the app.
  • On-demand workout mode allows users to record a specific session by pressing a button on the watch to activate its connected GPS (via BLE) feature. Pace, time and distance are shown in realtime on a paired smartphone, and the workout route is mapped after the session in the Health Mate app.
  • Water resistance up to 50 meters and up to 12 months battery life.
  • Sophisticated sleep monitoring and analysis of sleep patterns, including the length, depth and quality of sleep.
  • Smart Wake-up that will wake users with vibration alarms at the most optimal times during their sleep cycle.
  • Provision of preparatory Sleep Score based on data such as sleep duration, depth regularity and interruptions.
  • Access to the Sleep Smarter Program, consisting of eight weeks of recommendations to improve sleep patterns.

Withings Move

Withings also introduced the Move watch, a $70 wearable with 18-months of battery. Available to pre-order now, it’s offered in five color choices; shipping is expected in early February.

BPM Core

Aside from the two watches, Withings has launched BPM Core, a connected cuff and stainless steel tube designed for blood pressure readings and heart rhythm readings. It can also act as a digital stethoscope.

Similar to what you would find at your doctor, it inflates to measure systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and heart rate. That cuff and a stainless steel sensor can opertate as an EKG sensor, too. Also, the sensor can be placed on a chest to listen to hearts. Charged over USB, Withings says it will perform hundreds of measurements on a single charge.

Priced $250, the BPM Core will go on sale in the second quarter (Q2 2019). Like the Move ECG, it’s currently looking for FDA clearance.

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