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Garmin Index BPM
Garmin today announced the Index BPM which is a smart blood pressure cuff designed to transmit readings when worn on your bicep.
When used correctly it is claimed to deliver accurate blood pressure and heart rate readings as a stand-alone device that includes an integrated display to quickly view measurements.
Household Wi-Fi can be used to link blood pressure readings to Garmin Connect where you can view measurement history and trends in 7-day, 4-week and 1-year reports. Reports can be exported and shared with your health care provider and you can allow Garmin Connect to remind you to take a reading with y our smartphone’s notifications.
Featuring an adjustable cuff, the Index BPM is made to fit a wide range of arm sizes – from 9-17 inches (22-42 cm) in circumference for 16 users.
The Index BPM has a battery life of up to 9 months and comes with four AAA batteries that can easily be replaced when necessary. Available now on garmin.com, the Index BPM has a suggested retail price of $149.99. It can also be purchased using Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) funds.
Garmin Index BPM Specs
The specs seem very functional with no bells and whistles other than the OLED display and even that’s black and white.
|Unit only Dimensions (WxHxD)||2.3” x 5.7” x 1.6” (58 x 145 x 47 mm)|
|Display size||1.3” x 0.8” (32.4 x 21.4 mm)|
|Display resolution (WxH)||128 pixels x 64 pixels|
|Arm circumference||22 to 42 cm (9″ to 16.5″)|
|Storage & Memory||up to 100+ measurements on-device between synchronizations|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi & BLUETOOTH|
|Battery life||up to 9 months (user-replaceable batteries)|
I had an ANT+ compatible blood pressure monitor cuff over 10 years ago and was interested in how they never took off amongst athletes. I could only get the data to read straight into SportTracks as no Garmin device (?) would take the readings directly.
Index BPM seems to be a product for those with medical conditions and the fact that Garmin is now releasing the Index BPM is a testament to how well they have done at penetrating the ‘mass market’ rather than their older markets for the athletically-minded.
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