A series of new health wearables from Philips could provide an alternative from the likes of Fitbit and Apple.
Philips is setting to release a health watch, body analysis scale, a wrist and upper arm blood pressure monitor, and ear thermometer. Each of these will connect to the Philips HealthSuite Health app, which will track a person’s bio signals and activity data.
The watch will continuously track calories burned, activity, sleep rate and heart rate. It’s able to measure resting respiration rate as well as activity tracking for walking, biking, and exercising. Philips claims the watch is a medical device designed to “help prevent lifestyle induced chronic conditions.”
Blood pressure monitors are rechargeable via USB. They will measure heart rate and connect to Philips’ app. The body analysis scale, in addition to measuring weight, calculates a person’s body mass index (BMI) and can estimate body fat percentage. The ear thermometer can provide an accurate temperature reading for newborns, children, and adults in less than two seconds. That information as well is transmitted to the app.
The line of wearables aims for accuracy and functionality over a sleek look. The products have received FDA accreditation, which could make their availability more widespread among doctors and possibly even employers.
“Changes don’t need to be radical,” said Dr. Mark Aloia, global lead for health behavior change at Philips. “In fact, small changes sustained over time are a good way to help us reach our health goals. Measuring and tracking helps us take the small steps needed to improve our lifestyle.”
The wearable devices can be purchased on Amazon or from Philips’ website, though the company is looking into selling the products in stores like Target sometime next year.