Monday 26 September 2016

Apple Watch band could sense a stroke

Daniel Anderson

Published 17/03/2016 | 12:30

Kardia band
Kardia band

A new Apple Watch Band has sensor technology which could tell if you are about to suffer a stroke and warn the user

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Apple Watch made a splash when it first arrived but things have been fairly quiet on the peripheral front in recent months as we get close to the annoucement of a new iPad and iPhone. But there's plenty of innovation still to come from the device, including new smart bands.

A new band is in the works from a company called AliveCor which is called the Kardia. When attached to your Apple Watch and your wrist, it's capable of taking and ECG reading at the touch of a button. With this information, the band can track rhythm of the user and take a note of it over time. The sophisticated sensors are therefore able to note if there are any abnormal signs and alert the wearer of a potential stroke or episode.

It's quite a breakthrough, and the Kardia has been approved by the medical community as a positive step towards staying on top of your own health situation. With advanced metrics that are synced back to a companion app, it also gives doctors more information to work with in future consultations and could make a real different to the lives of though with heart difficulties.

The band is set to release by summer 2016 and will cost around €200.

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