Watch 4 a ‘doctor on your wrist’
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.
ECG: The new Apple Watch 4