The holy grail of heart rate monitoring (HR) has always been recording accurate all day HR without being physically uncomfortable. Thus the move towards optical HR sensors despite the less than stellar performance for some people. Qardio bucks this trend and delves further into chest worn monitors to make it ECG accurate, thereby providing medical grade data with their funky looking QardioCore wearable ECG chest strap.
The wearable is compatible with Apple Health and support iOS 9.0 or later only so Android users are out of luck. It wears like a normal chest strap HR monitor and promises a day of continuous usage with the rechargeable lithium battery.Besides ECG, QardioCore also monitors heart rate variability, skin temperature, respiratory rate and activity tracking. Now because QardioCore has been clinically validated to accurately record and analyze user’s overall heart performance in real time, your medical practitioners can actually remotely access this data.
- Track your complete heart health on your smartphone.
- Measures continuous wireless ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature, HRV, and activity tracking
- IP65 rated, splash and water resistant
- Get a medically accurate electrocardiograph trace for deeper heart health insights
- Share data with your doctor automatically
- Battery life of up to one full day of use
- Wireless sync via Bluetooth 4.0
- iOS compatibility only for now
- Apple Health compatible
There’s no doubt the QardioCore wearable signals a huge leap forward when compared against traditional ECG monitors that involves wires, patches and a clinician’s expertise to interpret the data. Yet I can’t help but wonder if there’s really a need for this wearable for the bulk of the population.
According to the company, QardioCore is particularly suited for people with increased health risk caused by family predisposition, history of heart attacks or strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and excess weight. Last year I got my hands on a unit of AliveCor Kardia, a clinical grade mobile ECG monitor. While I was initially intrigued by the promise of ECG readings, that interest quickly wore off when I had little use for the data.
QardioCore is clearly one in a wave of product that takes health monitoring out of the clinic into everyday life. The question is whether the users or medical practitioners are ready to analyse the data. Or is it simply reliant on algorithms to highlight health issues. Nevertheless, the trend is staying, ready or not.
The QardioCore is up for pre-orders now at the price of $449 and is expected to ship in April 2017.