What you need to know
- Withings today announced ScanWatch, a new health-focused smartwatch.
- The new watch features AFib detection and a medical-grade oximeter.
- It'll be available in the United States starting at $279 later this year.
Smartwatches are all the rage and we've seen them save lives left and right in recent years. That's made possible by advanced features like built-in ECG capabilities – for detecting atrial fibrillation – and blood oxygen monitors that do the obvious. Withings has a new smartwatch that packs both of those features and somehow manages to still look like a watch as well.
Withings today announced ScanWatch, and it's available in Europe now. The company says it'll go on sale in the United States later this year once all the red tape has been sorted out and prices will start at $279. That's for the 38mm option, with the 42mm size costing an extra $20.
The features really do speak for themselves, but here's what Withings has to say about its ECG feature.
That's the kind of thing that can very literally save lives and Apple in particular has sold tons of Apple Watches on its ability to detect when someone has AFib. The more watches that support its detection, the better.
Something Apple Watch can't boast is a blood oxygen monitor, or Sp02 sensor. ScanWatch has one though, and it sounds like it could be another big deal for anyone at risk from something like sleep apnea. The sensor not only keeps tabs on the amount of oxygen in your blood during the day, but its night time monitoring can help give Withings a better feel for how you're sleeping, too. Medical -grade sleep apnea detection will be added once regulators are happy, Withings says.
The usual array of activity and workout tracking is also included, and the watch will be available in both black and white color variations. The black is particularly stunning.
It's always a net positive for everyone when a new smartwatch hits the market and the more lives devices like this can save, the better. The Withings ScanWatch might also be worth checking out if you're someone who wants their watch to look like a watch, rather than a mini-computer, too.
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