Philips has unveiled four new personal healthcare devices, greatly expanding its reach into the consumer market that’s been growing by the promise of letting people manage their own health. The devices include a health watch, scale, upper arm blood pressure monitor, wrist blood pressure monitor, and a thermometer – all of which interact with the company’s HealthSuite Health App.
The devices, while fundamentally nothing new, are intended to be used by consumers set on improving and preventing lifestyle related conditions. The devices are used to measure various health parameters which are then uploaded to the HealthSuite app. The app is used to create personalized programs that help users achieve specific goals and to monitor the progress.
The watch measures the heart rate, physical activity, as well as activity during sleep. The scale estimates body fat and calculates body mass index based based on the the weight, height, and electrical conductivity of the person standing on it. The thermometer and blood pressure cuffs do what they’re expected to do, but have been made to look pretty slick and also connect to the HealthSuite app to drop off their data.
The app has been developed with the help of doctors and psychologists in order to optimize its health benefits, compliance, and to motivate people to change their habits. The devices themselves are advertised as being clinically accurate, a claim we don’t question except that “health watches” aren’t exactly clinical devices yet.
Via: Royal Philips…