The Apple Watch Series 4 Is Basically a Medical Clinic Attached to Your Wrist

Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 10:49AM
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Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 10:49AM
The Apple Watch Series 4 Is Basically a Medical Clinic Attached to Your Wrist
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By most accounts, the Apple Watch is just too complicated for its own good: it's too clunky and small to perform its more complex functions, and all of that gets in the way of its most basic function, which is supposedly showing you what time it is. Now it looks like Apple is packing even more features in, and aiming to not only be 'the ultimate workout partner,' but a mini health clinic and LifeAlert combo. Remember those "I've fallen and I can't get up!" commercials? That's what the Apple Watch is now.

We're not joking—the Series 4 will have a new accelerometer and gyroscope that can detect when you've fallen down. From there, it'll bring up a little screen that will let you call 911, or call them itself if you don't move for 60 seconds (it'll also send a text to select friends and family). Best of all, the watch can measure force up to 32 G's, in case you're strapped into a Falcon Heavy rocket or something. For comparison, it only takes most people about 4-6 G's to black out.

But that's not all! The Series 4 can help you perform a suite of breathing exercises, notify you when your heart rate is low, monitor your heartbeat for irregularities caused by atrial defibrillation (AFib), and even take an electrocardiogram (ECG). Right now, Apple is marketing the watch as being the first ECG device you can get without a doctor's prescription.

Still, the FDA says the watch "is not intended to provide a notification on every episode of irregular rhythm suggestive of AFib and the absence of a notification is not intended to indicate no disease process is present." In short, if your Apple Watch doesn't detect your irregular heartbeat, you can't blame Apple.

At this point, the Apple Watch is more a workout tool and weirdly in-depth piece of medical equipment than a device to free you from your smartphone.

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