Samsung Galaxy S9 to Include Blood Pressure Monitor
Tech company Samsung announced this weekend that the Galaxy S9, which will be available for purchase in March, will include a built-in optical sensor that is able to monitor blood pressure. The tech giant also announced that they would be using the sensor to co-launch an app-based research study into user’s blood pressure levels with the University of California, San Fransisco. The group will join the likes of the Apple Heart Study in a burgeoning movement to examine users’ health through app-based studies.
Samsung Electronics and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have announced the launch of My BP Lab, a jointly developed smartphone research app to help users monitor their blood pressure and stress levels and obtain personalised insights for improving their daily health.
The aim of the study is to optimise My BP Lab to provide contextualised and scientifically informed feedback, so users will be able to gain a better understanding of their stress and blood pressure levels.
My BP Lab leverages an innovative optical sensor available on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, to provide users with richer, more accurate information about their health status. This optical sensor is built into the device, and allows blood pressure to be directly measured by the smartphone without any external hardware.
The authors of the study hope that the app will help patients better understand the factors surrounding their own health while providing valuable scientific information by collecting data from a wide variety of users.
The South Korean tech giant said the aim of the study is to optimise My BP Lab to provide contextualised and scientifically informed feedback, so users will be able to gain a better understanding of their stress and blood pressure levels and manage their health more effectively. Additionally, the study further improves the accuracy of the blood pressure readings, by gathering data from thousands of users in real-world settings.