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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

Most fit­ness bands

are used as ac­tiv­ity trackers, but the GO­Qii ecosys­tem, in­clud­ing its app-based health coach­ing, of­fers much more. The new GO­Qii Vi­tal band mon­i­tors blood pres­sure (BP) and heart rate; tracks step count and work­out, and pro­vides ac­cess to a coach and a doc­tor, apart from fit­ness ex­perts.

Vi­tal sports a sleek look and fea­tures a full­colour OLED dis­play. When set­ting it up for the first time, all I had to do was down­load the GO­Qii app, regis­ter and sync the band. Once it is done, the band dis­plays time and swip­ing up, you can see op­tions such as work­out track­ing, BP, heart rate, num­ber of steps walked and more. It au­to­mat­i­cally de­tects the daily step count, but heart rate and BP can be mon­i­tored with a sim­ple tap on the band. I had to keep my hand still for less than a minute to get my BP read­ing, but heart rate was mea­sured in real time. How­ever, BP sens­ing may not be com­pletely ac­cu­rate. My reg­u­lar read­ing is 120/80 (sys­tolic and di­as­tolic), but the band read­ing var­ied be­tween 110-120 for sys­tolic and 60-67 for di­as­tolic. Heart rate mon­i­tor­ing is sim­i­lar to what other smart­watches do.

The smart band comes with a three­month sub­scrip­tion that pro­vides a per­sonal coach via the app (a hu­man, not a bot), con­sul­ta­tion with a doc­tor, Karma Points (awarded for meet­ing daily tar­gets) and GO­Qii Cash. When I reg­is­tered, the app al­lowed me to choose from five dif­fer­ent coaches who would help me achieve my health goals. It was fol­lowed by a quick call with the coach, reg­u­lar mes­sage­based in­ter­ac­tions within the app and a quick con­sul­ta­tion with a doc­tor. I earned GO­Qii Cash for ev­ery food log and wa­ter in­take, and I was able to re­deem a part of the vir­tual cash at the GO­Qii store.

Even though the ecosys­tem has evolved, Vi­tal will need some im­prove­ments, es­pe­cially when it comes to BP mon­i­tor­ing. Un­like other fit­ness bands with pro­pri­etary charg­ers, GO­Qii Vi­tal has a built-in USB that can be plugged into an adapter or a lap­top. It takes close to an hour to be fully charged and lasted me nearly five days.

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