The One Goal Of This Watch Is To Help Save Your Life

The One Goal Of This Watch Is To Help Save Your Life
Fitness & Sport

iBeat features around-the-clock heart rate monitoring and will alert emergency response personnel if it detects irregular patterns

Lauren Kirkwood
  • 31 october 2016

The iBeat, a 24/7 heart rate monitor, aims to strip down the frills offered by other smartwatch brands to optimize the wearable for one purpose: to save lives.

The device is geared toward an older demographic and its primary function is to detect when the wearer’s heart stops or begins pumping erratically, according to Ryan Howard, CEO of iBeat, which designed the wearable with the same name. If it detects a strange pattern in the wearer’s heartbeat, the device will first ask the user if he or she is alright, Howard said.



If the user doesn’t respond within five seconds, iBeat automatically sends data about the wearer’s condition to a cloud-based system, and the company will then call the user.

“Within seconds of heart rate declining significantly, or stopping altogether, we have engaged the user,” Howard told Wareable. “Looking for a false positive, we call the user as well, and if there’s no response at that point, what we do in tandem is reach out to EMT’s and notify emergency contacts.”


The iBeat is equipped with a built-in GPS feature, so the user’s location can quickly be sent to EMTs and emergency contacts. Friends and family receive a text message notifying them that emergency personnel have been dispatched, along with information about the date of the incident and what hospital the wearer will be taken to.

Howard said his company is not targeting elderly users or those who’ve had heart attacks previously, but rather 50 to 70-year-olds who aren’t interested in elaborate smartphones but could benefit from the life-saving features of the device.

The device is set to cost $200, plus a monthly fee of less than $20 to pay for around-the-clock monitoring, Howard said. While its primary focus is on heart rate monitoring at the moment, the iBeat’s capabilities could evolve to serve consumers’ other needs, such as step tracking.


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