The new Garmin tablet focuses on the lack of a smartwatch feature

The new Garmin tablet focuses on the lack of a smartwatch feature ...

With its first smart blood pressure monitor, Garmin is expanding its scope of knowledge for its smartwatches and GPS navigators.

The Index BPM (opens in a new tab) is significantly larger than a smartwatch. While there are smartwatches that can measure blood pressure (opens in a new tab), those that do it with a cuff aren''t widely available, and those that use pulse transit time require regular calibration with a traditional home blood pressure monitor. Despite this, the Index BPM is a lot smaller than a smartwatch.

systolic blood pressure is the arterial pressure when your heart pulses, and diastolic is the pressure when your heart rests. Both measurements are important for heart health. The Index OLED screen displays corresponding SYS and DIA indicators so youll know which number is which.

According to Garmin, the index BPM strap can fit a wide range of arm sizes from nine to 17 inches (22 to 42 cm) in circumference. It is powered by four AAA batteries that will last you nine months before needing to be replaced.

FDA-cleared

The index BPM comes with several benefits, including ways to create reports. The device can sync up with the Garmin Connect mobile app via Wi-Fi, where you can see blood pressure readings in detail, add some notes, and view your devices'' history. Collected data can also be described as a weekly, monthly, or annual report on the app.

On the Connect app, up to 16 different user profiles can be created for the Index BPM. Each profile will then track the readings for each individual using the device. That data can then be synced over to other Garmin Connect apps, allowing users to read their reports on their devices.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Index BPM, which may help people who believe it hasn''t been "FDA approved." When a new medical device arrives on the market, the FDA tests them to ensure they''re safe. (opens in new tab) If something is FDA-approved, it indicates that the device operates similarly to an already existing one, and does not require special "pre-market approval." "FDA-approved," on the other hand, typically pertains to drugs and any other thing

The Index BPM is now available for $149.99 (US only) on Garmins online store (opens in a new tab).

Potential new trend

Garmin may well be the first to leverage accurate blood pressure monitoring. Even Apple is debating the technology, which is particularly problematic in the comments. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple hopes to add the feature to Apple Watch, but it appears to be unlikely to happen until 2024.