Omron Healthcare Displays Wristwatch-like Blood Pressure Meter
Omron Healthcare Co Ltd unveiled a wearable device that can measure blood pressure, heart rate and the amount of activity at CES 2017, which took place from Jan 5 to 8, 2016, in Las Vegas, the US.
The device, "Project Zero 2.0 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (tentative name)," is wrapped around a wrist and can work in conjunction with Omron Connect US App smartphone application. It can record blood pressure in addition to the amount of activity and the state of sleep. However, the measurement of blood pressure is not automatic; the user needs to start measurement while raising his/her wrist to the height of the chest.
The device exhibited this time is the second-generation model. The first-generation model, which was showcased at CES 2016, is also wrapped around a wrist but has a larger size. This time, Omron Healthcare reduced the size of the cuff part and realized a size equivalent to that of a wristwatch. As in the case of the first model, the company plans to obtain a certification from the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Omron Healthcare intends to release the device in 2018. The first-generation model will be released in the spring of 2017 as "Heartvue."