Garmin presented its first dedicated blood pressure monitor. THE Garmin Index BPM Smart Blood Pressure Monitor it allows users to measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure values, and the results are synchronized via Wi-Fi with the Garmin Connect application alongside the data collected by other Garmin devices. Quoting the company’s president Verge writes, Garmin Connect together with the blood pressure monitor can give users a much more complex and detailed picture of their health.
This is Garmin’s smart blood pressure monitor on the arm. (source: Garmin)
In Connect, you can set a reminder for blood pressure measurements, and the results can be reviewed in daily, weekly, monthly and one-year breakdowns, or exported to PDF if you would like to share them with your doctor. The Garmin Index can not only belong to one user, the device can remember 16 different users, so, for example, any member of a family can use the meter with their own Garmin Connect user account. The arm strap can be adjusted between 22 and 43 centimeters in circumference, and the Index BPM is powered by four AAA batteries, which according to Garmin can be used for nine months.
This is what Garmin Index BPM looks like. (source: Garmin) [+]
The Garmin Index BPM blood pressure monitor is currently only available in the United States with the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the manufacturer asks for $150 for the device. Withings, which is considered a direct competitor, presented its first blood pressure monitor that can be connected to the iPhone in 2011, since then the FDA-approved Withings BPM Connect is already in its many generations and is also available outside the USA.