While the ubiquitous step count, sedentary alerts and sleep tracking have become the standard on any should-have list for activity trackers, wrist based heart rate monitoring became widespread only in the last one to two years. And until recently, HRV and ECG readings have remained the domain of chest strap HR monitors or hospital based machines. The inclusion of these two metric in the new Amazfit Health Band is a sure sign that wearables are getting more powerful than ever and smaller than before. Amazfit is Huami’s house brand for the company’s own wearables. This is the same company that wowed us with the Amazfit Pace late last year and is presently the number 2 wearables manufacturer in the world, producing the famous Xiaomi Mi bands.
Huami has packed a lot of goodies into the new Amazfit Health Band. Besides HRV and ECG readings, the company will go a step further and compute a health index score for the user by taking into account the person’s physiology and activity levels.
Amazfit Health Band Features
- All day activity tracker. Records steps, sleep, resting HR, HRV and estimates body fatigue
- Provides overall health index
- Runs up to 7 days on a single charge
- IP67 certified
- Only 10 grams in weight
- 0.42-inch OLED screen
- Changeable wrist straps
- Bluetooth 4.0
I applaud Amazfit for their hardware delivery having used the Amazfit Pace watch though their software implementation and mobile app is less than stellar. Before Amazfit, Garmin has already fired the first salvo by including HRV detection in their Vivosmart 3 wrist worn activity tracker.
That being said, I remain skeptical about the accuracy of optical HR sensor derived HRV when wrist based HR monitoring remains challenging to date.China has thus far been the contractor to produce hardware for fitness wearable companies. But recently, their two wearable champions Xiaomi and Huaimi have been make waves by releasing decently impressive hardware. I look forward to great things to come from them.
The Amazfit Health Band is available in Deep Black, Blue Ruby and Rose Gold at the recommended price of $100 USD.
Source: Amazfit, Gizmochina