Wearable devices are finally growing more sophisticated than the dime-a-dozen fitness trackers we’ve seen in the last few years. Sensors are becoming more capable each year, and now we’re seeing gadgets that are essentially wearable medical devices.
Fitness-tracking has moved from the wrist to the rest of the body, with smart shoes, clothing and glasses that analyze your workouts.
We saw a slew of cutting-edge wearables at CES. Here are 10 that could make a huge difference in your life this year.
Omron’s new device looks like a running watch, with its round display and thick black band, but this fitness tracker is actually a blood pressure monitor that lets you subtly take readings without anyone knowing.
I tried on the smartwatch, which tracks steps taken, calories burned and distance traveled, and activated a blood pressure reading to see if it felt the same as having my blood pressure taken with a cuff in a doctor’s office. Just as the nurse’s cuff tightens around your upper arm as it measures your blood pressure, the watch tightens around your wrist as it takes a reading. HeartGuide also measures your blood pressure while you sleep, which the company says gives you a more complete data set to give to your doctor.
Omron is waiting on FDA approval for the device, so pricing and availability information aren’t yet available.