Cardiogram is a mobile app that’s no stranger to the wearable health sector. Their app has been around on the App Store for more than a year now and today the company announced the availability of an Android Wear version that’s available on the Google Play store even as we speak.
So what exactly is Cardiogram about? You know how the Apple Watch collects all of your heart rate data and plonks it all in the Apple Health app for your perusal; if you know what to look out for in the first place. Well Cardiogram utilises the data collected by the Apple Watch and makes it meaningful and individualised.
Put bluntly, a 12,000 steps target has entirely different meaning when applied to an 18 year old teenager, a 45 year old adult, or a 70 year old elderly. The Cardiogram on the iOS platform allows me to see my step count in comparison to people my age group which is mighty helpful.
The comparison extends to resting heart rate, hours spent standing, exercise duration and calories burned – though these metric comparison are limited to all Cardiogram users and not age-categorised.
This luxury of meaningful insights has now been extended to compatible Android Wear devices including Huawei Watch, LG Watch Sport, LG Watch Urbane, Moto 360, New Balance RunIQ, Polar M600, Montblanc Summit, and the upcoming Misfit Vapor and Mobvoi Ticwatch.
Specifically for the Android Wear platform, Cardiogram allows the user to set the frequency of wrist based heart rate measurement with the assurance that there’s minimal impact (1–2%) on battery life when using the default 5-minute background measurements.
Cardiogram will also allow users on different platforms such as Apple, Android Wear and Garmin to compete together on the step count leadership board.
The Cardiogram app for Android Wear is currently available on the Google Play Store.