Withings, pioneers of the digital health and connected analogue watches, today announced their new smartwatch, the Withings ScanWatch, with a strong focus on health.
Developed by cardiologists and sleep experts, it is the world’s first clinically validated hybrid smartwatch to detect both atrial fibrillation (AFib) and overnight breathing disturbances.
The Scanwatch is beautifully designed with a stainless steel case and durable sapphire glass watch face. It features a large digital display as well as easy navigation through a crown dial. ScanWatch is waterproof and features an exceptional battery life of up to 30 days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the medical community to quickly readjust and refocus on offering telehealth options for connecting with and monitoring patients. In addition to detecting AFib and overnight breathing disturbances, ScanWatch can also be helpful for those with COVID-19 to monitor their blood oxygen saturation levels on-demand from home via the embedded SpO2 sensor.
Additionally, to meet the needs of its customers and physicians alike, the Withings team decided to get ScanWatch onto the wrists of consumers as soon as possible with the September release in Europe. Currently, ScanWatch is CE marked for AFib detection, both via electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG), and for SpO2 measurement. ScanWatch currently can detect overnight breathing disturbances with the full CE clearance for sleep apnea detection capabilities expected later this year.
Mathieu Letombe, CEO of Withings said:
With the CE mark regulatory approval for AFib detection and SpO2 measurement, we are delighted to be able to make ScanWatch available to customers in Europe now
Cardiovascular Health Monitoring
ScanWatch can detect if a user has AFib thanks to its ability to take a medical-grade ECG on-demand. ScanWatch also enables users to identify if their heart rhythm is slow, high or shows sign of AFib through a proactive heart scanning feature.
Through its embedded PPG sensor, the device has the ability to monitor heart rate, which allows it to alert the user to a potential heart event even if they don’t feel palpitations. When ScanWatch detects an irregular heartbeat through its heart rate sensor, it will prompt the user via the watch display to record an ECG in just 30 seconds.
In addition, ScanWatch provides sophisticated sleep monitoring and analysis of sleep patterns, including the length, depth and quality of sleep, and can wake users up with a gentle vibration at the best time of their sleep cycle.
ScanWatch also has your typical activity monitoring to track exercise such as steps, calories, elevation, workout routes (via connected GPS).
The Withings Scanwatch is compatible with both iOS and Android, and will vibrate and display a preview of your smartphone notifications for any app of your choice. You can also scroll through the notification preview with the digital crown.