It’s unusual for things announced during CES to actually be released but that’s exactly what has happened with the Withings BPM Core blood pressure monitor. The unit also supports ECG and stethoscope functionality and has been launched in Europe. There is also a new BPM Connect device that is a US-specific blood pressure monitor and can be used without the aid of a smartphone.
If you want to, though, both of the new devices can connect with the Withings Health Mate app to allow data to then be synced with the Apple Health app. That in turn makes it easier to keep all of your health data in a single place, especially if you also wear an Apple Watch or other fitness band.
Withings BPM Core (left) and BPM Connect (right)
The BPM Core is undoubtedly the most interesting of the new devices. It’s similar to the Apple Watch Series 4 in that it can take ECG readings to notify users of irregular heartbeats. It can also measure and then record stethoscope readings as well.
Within 90 seconds, BPM Core can perform all three measurements. Heart rate, blood pressure and ECG readings with AFib detection are displayed on the device via an LED matrix, as well as transmitted to the accompanying Health Mate app. ECG readings, as well as stethoscope recordings, are displayed within the app, along with a qualification of the ECG signal (normal sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation or inconclusive) and a potential detection of valvular heart disease. All data, measurements, graphs and recordings can be shared directly with a personal cardiologist and physician.
While not yet ready for sale in the US, this product is now available in Europe, costing around €249.95 or £229.95.
Withings BPM Core
Alternatively, the BPM Connect is available much more widely and is a standard blood pressure monitor that can also connect to a phone. It doesn’t need to, though, and it replaces Withings’ previous blood pressure monitor.
Unlike its predecessor, BPM Connect doesn’t require users to have their smartphone or any other smart device around to view and interpret the results. Readings are displayed directly on the BPM Connect via an LED matrix. Additionally, data from the readings will sync with the accompanying Health Mate app via Bluetooth or WiFi, even when a device is not nearby. Sharing a design feature with Withings BPM Core, BPM Connect’s display also provides color- coded feedback glowing green for normal, orange for moderate and red for high blood pressure.
The BMP Connect device is available in Europe and the US and is priced at $99.95, €99.95, and £89.95.
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