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Garmin’s new gadget takes advantage of missing smartwatch features

Garmin, best known for its smartwatches and GPS navigators, is stepping into new territory in health monitoring with its first smart blood pressure monitor, the Index BPM.

The first thing to notice is Index BPM (opens in new tab) Much bulkier than smartwatches and the like.The likely reason for its size is that it allows the device to fit around your biceps and provide accurate readings. (opens in new tab)According to Garmin, those that measure with a cuff are not widely available and those that use pulse transit time “must be calibrated regularly with a traditional home sphygmomanometer”. Index BPM says it can, whereas it usually cannot “track systolic and diastolic blood pressure.”

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