Samsung Announces Health-Focused Galaxy Watch3 Smartwatch

By | August 7, 2020

Scott Jung Cardiology, Informatics, OTC, Sports Medicine

Electronics giant Samsung recently held their virtual “Galaxy Unpacked” event where they announced the latest upgrades to their popular mobile devices. Along with phones, tablets, and earbuds, Samsung unveiled the newest version of their smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch3.

The Watch3 has several new features and upgrades that make it a worthy competitor to the Apple Watch, but perhaps where it stands out this year is its emphasis on health management.

Like other smartwatches, the Watch3 contains an accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical sensors to monitor your heart rate, track your workouts and exercises, analyze your sleep, and monitor for falls. The new wearable also features an ECG and a pulse oximeter that will monitor and track SpO2 (blood oxygen concentration) as well as VO2 max (maximum oxygen consumption), although Samsung says these will stay disabled until a software update later this year.

Most interestingly, the Watch3 is also one of the few devices we’ve come across that has the ability to perform cuffless blood pressure measurements. This feature, while not yet cleared by the FDA in the United States, has been approved in South Korea and implemented in a previous Samsung smartwatch. The watch measures blood pressure via pulse wave analysis using data coming from the heart rate sensors. However, this method requires an initial calibration with a traditional cuff, as well as a recalibration every four weeks. Though this indirect method of blood pressure measurement has been known about for many years now, developers have been unable to achieve an accuracy that would approach traditional cuff-based devices in all patients.

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The Galaxy Watch3 is available now and starts at $ 399.

More info: Samsung Galaxy Watch3 product page

Scott Jung (@scottjung) is a Silicon Valley-based medical and health technology reporter and advocate, with a focus on wearables, telemedicine, and health technology in emerging countries. He has represented Medgadget at CES and Digital Health Summit, TEDMED, and Stanford Medicine X, and SXSW. Always on the lookout for innovative medical technology worldwide, Scott has been invited to visit Colombia, Poland, and other countries around the world to share how medtech is enriching the lives of its people. Scott holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an M.S. degree in Medical Product Development Management from San José State University. Scott is always looking for the next big thing in medical technology and digital health. Interested in helping him transform lives? Get in touch with him at http://scottju.ng


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