There is yet another addition of smartwatch to the family of smartwatches made by Google. But this smartwatch is not the type one might be expecting. Yes, Verily, the health organization possessed by Alphabet, has finally declared its new “Study Watch” for application in the field of medical research. Previously, Verify was a division of the Google X lab, which is recognized for its big vision developments such as the internet service provided by high-altitude balloons and self-driving cars. But in mid-2015, it was developed into an autonomous unit at Google-parent Alphabet.
The smartwatch neither functions on Android wear nor it assists in managing your phone notifications. Rather, the Study Watch submissively records data that is crucial to the success of a clinical research and constant care platforms such as body movement, electrodermal activity, and heart rate. It can also generate an ECG, which is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart that can at times unveil heart issues.
The smartwatch has a rounded e-ink exhibit that shows the time, date, and few other basic specifications for the wearer. Apart from this, no additional data is provided to the wearer. The simple interface is developed to optimize performance. The wearable is said to last for a week on a one-time charge and is also provided with a powerful processor to execute vital algorithms. The Study Watch is not provided with any apps or any other services that are usually linked with smartwatches. Hence, it can completely focus on storing and capturing data that will be helpful for the medical professionals.
Further, several environmental and physiological sensors are developed to determine significant indications for studies that include movement disorders, cardiovascular, and other areas. The introduction of the Study Watch is the result of the constant efforts made by Apple to improve the abilities of its smartwatches coupled with supporting Research Kit and Health Kit software for the utilization by healthcare providers and researchers and also individual who are concerned with fitness.
According to the sources, a secret team is functioning to improve the sensors of the Apple Watch for monitoring the levels of blood sugar of the user and it can be a pioneering development if we consider diabetes.
Isn’t it a great step forward for the management of the huge research data generated during a study?