French technology company Withings has announced the US availability of its Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The Withings BPM, including blood pressure cuff and a companion Withings app, offers a way to measure and record blood pressure readings in the personal and professional arenas.
With the Withings BPM, users wrap the blood pressure cuff around their arm and plug it directly into their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the incorporated cable. Once connected, the Withings App launches instantly on the iOS device and is ready to begin the measurement. When the reading is complete, the full results (Systole, Diastole and heart rate) are saved directly on the device, eliminating manual tracking.
A user’s stats can be accessed instantly from their iOS device or from their personal Withings webpage. Results are saved denoting dates and time of day for each reading, to help when comparing morning, afternoon and evening readings, and readings over time. Results can be shared by emailing results to a doctor and/or using the device’s automatic sharing feature to sync with personal health record sites like Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault.
When used in conjunction with the Withings WiFi body scale, weight and blood pressure are tracked on the same graph within the app, giving users an at-a-glance health snapshot. Both products bring together in one place two vital pieces of your overall health, which is ideal when tracking trends and early warning signs of health problems, says Withings co-founder Cédric Hutchings.
The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor is available at http://www.withings.com for US$129. The Withings App is available for free from the Apple App Store.