Valencell introduces new generation of cuffless Blood pressure monitoring

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Today, Raleigh-based Valencell announced a new calibration-free, cuff-less blood pressure technology for wearables that can be used in devices worn on the finger and wrist. 

This latest technology improvement significantly expands the number of device form factors to embed the technology from fitness bands to Smartwatches.

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Details on Valencell’s cuffless blood pressure technology

The company is known to make some of the most advanced PPG sensors for wearables and hearables.

The blood pressure technology works using PPG-only in the ear or at the finger – no ECG, no pulse transit time, or other methodology. The process uses just one sensor.

Unlike the blood pressure monitoring system in Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Valencell’s technology does not require any calibration.

The only inputs required for the PPG-based blood pressure monitoring are your height, weight, age, and gender.

Wearable tech companies are racing to get native blood pressure readings on their products.

Most smartwatches or fitness trackers offering any blood pressure monitoring outputs today use the pulse transit time methodology, which is prone to errors and requires calibration.

This is likely one of the main reasons leading wearable players such as Apple has not yet introduced a smartwatch-based blood pressure monitoring system.

Most of Apple’s patents dealing with BP monitoring feature some cuffless approach to wrist-based blood pressure monitoring.

Valencell has a troubled history with Apple.

In 2016, the company had sued Apple.

The company’s lawsuit claimed that Apple initially sought to partner with Valencell and then used its technology without licensing it. 

Valencell is also Suunto’s partner for biometric solutions.

The Suunto smartwatch series 9 is supposed to have the Valencell biometric technology for heart rate monitoring and other cardio assessment metrics.

Valencell’s biometric solutions are used with Onecare’s Carewatch.

The watch connects to the AT&T cellular network and provides a comprehensive solution for monitoring health, safety, and protection offering an effective remote monitoring platform.

The company also makes biometric kits that can measure blood pressure as well as other biometrics via earbuds.

You can read about the company’s survey on blood pressure monitoring here.

Summary

We are yet to see any new Blood pressure monitoring system announcement in a leading consumer-grade smartwatch of a fitness tracker.

But this announcement clearly suggests that we will soon see new smartwatches and trackers with new and improved blood pressure monitoring capabilities.

Source:Valencell Announcement

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I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.

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