The band itself is very nondescript, and is made of black thermoplastic polyurethane with a stainless steel sensor module that rests just beneath the Apple Watch device. To take an EKG, all you have to do is sit down comfortably, relax, and press your thumb to the sensor for 30 seconds. The results are displayed on the face of the watch within the Kardia app.
In addition to the band, AliveCor also introduced SmartRhythm, a new feature within the Kardia app that uses artificial intelligence and Apple Watch’s heart rate and activity sensors to continuously evaluate your heart rate. When it detects that heart rate and activity aren’t matching up — i.e., you’re sedentary but your heart rate is going crazy — it notifies you to capture an EKG with your KardiaBand ASAP to make sure nothing fishy is going on.
If you’d like to get a KardiaBand to keep an eye on your heart’s rate and rhythm, you can grab one for $199 from the AliveCore website. Sure, it’s a little pricey, but it’s $300 less than that Hermès band you’ve been thirsting after, and it may save your life.
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