The Huawei Watch D is a relatively new device as it was introduced in May 2022. That said, its best feature was demonstrated just now at IFA, and it’s astonishing in a positive way.
Blood pressure measurement is certainly not a new feature in the consumer wearable industry, so why is this excitement suddenly? Because of the Watch D’s accuracy.
When it comes to diagnostic and recommendations, precision is the name of the game. While your typical big-brand smartwatch can measure blood pressure pretty well, Huawei’s Watch D would do it with medical-grade precision.
Data is everything, so having better data means having potentially vastly superior analysis, predictions, and even outcomes. That’s precisely why doctors cannot use the typical consumer device data for treatment.
Huawei’s blood pressure sensor works like a miniature version of a doctor’s blood monitor. It has a pump with a small inflatable bladder, and that’s the design that -should- give the Watch D a medically certified electrocardiogram (ECG) function, in Europe.
Such precision means you need to mind mindful of the bracelet’s fit since the inflatable bladder isn’t huge like classic medical devices are. There are simple instructions and measurements to see which bracelet size will work for your wrist. While trying it, I didn’t feel any discomfort, and it was just surprising that a company could integrate an inflatable bladder in such a small space!
Granted, the Watch D is slightly thicker than competitors, but it also has an undeniable and unique precision advantage, so it’s up to the competition to step it up now.
Wearables’ technological evolution is made of discontinuities, followed by periods of refinements. That feels like a discontinuity, especially since the Watch D also has classic smartwatch features, like workouts, etc.