Watch G2: Huawei smartwatches check oxygen levels but should not be confused with medical devices

Watch G2: Huawei smartwatches check oxygen levels but should not be confused with medical devices

Smartwatches are increasingly smarter with features that help improve physical fitness control. Huawei has just launched a new feature for monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels (SpO2) that is available in the latest models in the Watch G2 line. from Huawei, the Huawei Watch GT 2e and the Watch GT2 42mm, with an automatic update.

As the Chinese manufacturer explains in a statement, the level of Sp02 is a physiological indicator that must be controlled. These values ​​can, for example, help to define in an easier way the ideal moments for a pause in the exercise.

To access this feature, you have to choose the function on the smartwatch screen and the test starts automatically. During this process it must remain static and the result then appears on the equipment.

SpO2 measurement via Huawei Watch GT 2e and Watch GT2 42 mm?

Huawei clarifies, at the outset, that the feature "was not designed to be a medical device and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". "All data and measurements should be used for personal reference only", he explains.

It should be remembered that one of the bets in version 5 of the Apple Watch was the ECG app, which the company guarantees to be able to "record the rhythm and heartbeat through the electrical heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch Series 4 or later and analyze the fibrillation records. headset ". After the company of the apple were several brands that followed the example, such as ASUS, with VivoWatch SP, which comes equipped with a series of sensors to ensure the monitoring of the health, sleep and sports activity of users. The watch can measure vital signs, with ECG and PPG, but also stress and oxygen levels in the blood.

At a time when the wearables distribution is known to have broken records in 2019, SAPO TeK spoke with several experts to try to understand how smartwatches can help monitor health levels. The guarantee given was that these technologies can be beneficial for health, but there are also risks and challenges that need to be overcome.