Watch 4 a ‘doc­tor on your wrist’

Daily Mercury - - GAMES & GADGETS -

THE Ap­ple smart­watch could be­come some­thing of a doc­tor on your wrist af­ter Ap­ple re­vealed new med­i­cal sen­sors de­signed to warn wear­ers about heart con­di­tions they might not be aware of.

And, per­haps most un­usu­ally, the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4 will also be de­signed to de­tect whether the wearer has slipped, tripped or fallen over, and will au­to­mat­i­cally alert emer­gency con­tacts.

The new Ap­ple Watch, will of­fer an elec­tro­car­dio­gram fea­ture for the first time, which can mea­sure users’ heart rhythms to de­tect signs of atrial fib­ril­la­tion.

Ap­ple chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Jeff Williams said the com­pany had com­pletely “re-en­gi­neered” the lead­ing smart­watch, to be­come a med­i­cal de­vice ap­proved by Amer­ica’s Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“This is the first ECG prod­uct of­fered over the counter di­rectly to con­sumers,” he said.

“Now you can take an ECG any time, any­where, right from the app.

“We be­lieve this is go­ing to help a lot of peo­ple who didn’t oth­er­wise know they had an is­sue.”

The Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4 will start at $599, and the 4G ver­sion will cost $749.

Photo: Mar­cio Jose Sanchez

ECG: The new Ap­ple Watch 4

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