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VivoWatch BP: Asus unveils its most interesting wearable to date

Asus has unveiled a new healthcare focused wearable it claims will help ward off serious conditions, including heart disease.

The VivoWatch BP was unveiled at Computex in Taipei. The company claims it isn’t a smartwatch or fitness tracker but a new category of “health tracker”. It aims to offer similar functionality to the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod , but can be conveniently warn around your wrist.

It uses a combination of built-in ECG and PPG sensors to provide users with real-time blood pressure measurements. It then uses custom HealthAI algorithms from Asus to offer healthcare advice. The full range of the advice remains unknown though Asus has confirmed it’ll include things like a recommended daily step count as well as when you need to rest or sleep more.

Asus claims it is 70% smaller and 50% lighter than competing blood pressure trackers and has been built with “medical grade materials”. It’ll also reportedly offer users a robust 28-day battery life.

Asus didn’t reveal any of the watches other specs, or if it’ll offer any other fitness/health tracking services, like VO2 Max. However, given the lack of things like a built-in GPS it’s unlikely it’ll be up to scratch for serious runners looking to track workout progress.

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Asus hasn’t confirmed if the VivoWatch BP will launch in the UK. An Asus spokesperson told Trusted Reviews the company was gauging market interest before committing to a release date.

Asus hasn’t given the VivoWatch BP a price. Even if it does launch in the UK it’s possible the tracker won’t be available to general consumers. Past healthtrackers have been sold on a channel only model to licensed healthcare clinics and hospitals.

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