The Kardia Band Apple Watch strap will take EKG readings sometime this year

Kardia Band Apple Watch strap

AliveCor is a company that releases medical accessories for smartphones, and the company has just announced a brand new strap for the Apple Watch.

The company says it will launch the “first medical-grade EKG band” for the Apple Watch with its Kardia Band. At the same time, the company is also launching a brand new iOS app, not only for the new band, but also for its other products it already has available, including “mobile EKG” products like cases for the iPhone 6/6s.

The Kardia Band works in a similar way to those cases, but lets the user simply press their thumb to an integrated metal sensor in the band itself on their wrist. The wearer simply has to press their thumb onto the sensor for 30 seconds to get an analysis. While that’s happening, the user can talk to the app through the Apple Watch’s microphone and get information regarding heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and more.

The iOS app can connect to Apple’s built-in Health app. It will also store all of the collected readings so that the wearer can have something to look back on and compare results to. If there’s something amiss, the user can send the information to their doctor for further analysis.

As it stands right now, the Kardia Band is undergoing testing through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so it can’t be sold until those tests are cleared and the device is approved. According to AliveCor, those tests should be finalized and the Kardia Band should go on sale sometime in “late spring.”

As far as pricing goes, that hasn’t been revealed just yet. The Kardia AliveCor iOS app is available right now, though, and it will link up with the company’s other mobile products/cases. It’s free, and can be downloaded through the source link below.


  • Kardia AliveCore — Free

[via MacRumors; AliveCor]

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