Samsung is putting its heart into a new feature: Does it have enough pulse?

March 20, 2018 9:00 am

Samsung S9

Samsung’s flagship devices have been plagued by features that make no sense for years.

This year, Samsung released the S9 which has a feature that’ll make health specialists and users, that worry about their health, want to buy one on the spot.

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Samsung Health

Since the s5 we have had one reoccurring sensor, the blood rate sensor, which only measured your heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

Samsung’s last keynote, when they announced the S9; focused on the new “heart pressure” sensor, but until 3 days ago, it was useless.

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Cue the S9

In order for a doctor to measure your blood pressure, he should be carrying a Sphygmomanometer; Bulky devices that are a hassle in doctors’ opinions.

3 days ago, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), in collaboration with Samsung; released an app for the heart pressure sensor called “My BP Lab App”.

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Why is this so Important?

“Having a high blood pressure puts you at risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes,” says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and added that “it is the leading cause of death worldwide.”

Doctors will see this feature as very useful since a phone is always in our pockets.

Health-conscious people can check their heart pressure on the go without having the need to go to a doctor.

The app is a great way to showcase a new chapter in Samsung’s intentions to burst into the healthcare market, but it has some problems.

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Limitations

For the time being, you can only measure your heart pressure; measuring anyone else’s won’t work.

Not only this. A study from the US National Library of Medicine showed that the sensor doesn’t measure your exact heart pressure, but certain changes in your blood pressure. oops.

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Edmon Abdul Nur
By Edmon Abdul Nur
Edmon Abdul Nur, a Junior Editor at AMEinfo, with more than 3 years of experience in technology research.



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