Blood pressure wristwatch prototype unveiled

First published: 27-04-2009

A new blood pressure watch has been designed by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), according to the HealthDay Reporter.

The prototype also features a ring that is used to help calculate blood pressure at any given moment.

Speaking to the news provider, MIT mechanical engineer Harry Asada said that he hopes the device will eventually be used to help people regulate their medication intake.

He said: "If you are taking medication to lower your blood pressure, it can tell you if you are taking too much or too little.

"It's a combination of wristwatch and ring, a little larger than a standard wristwatch."

Wristwatches providing biological feedback are not a new concept. Specialist Timex watches incorporate a heart rate monitor.

The Timex Analogue Heart Rate Monitor is capable of continually tracking heart rate during exercise, is easy to read and can make average, peak and minimum heart rate calculations.

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