You can get the best Apple Watch Series 4 feature right now, for $300 less

You can get the best Apple Watch Series 4 feature right now, for $300 less
One of the biggest surprises at this year's September event was the Apple Watch Series 4, and more specifically its ability to take electrocardiograms (or ECGs) on the go. A truly revolutionary feature that allows users to get a super-accurate heart reading by simply touching the Digital Crown of the Apple Watch Series 4. This is the first smartwatch to offer this type of functionality, but Apple went further to clarify that the Series 4 was also the first over-the-counter ECG device for consumers.

This didn't please AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra, whose company already has two portable offerings out on the market. Gundotra, most widely-known as the executive behind Google+, has been running AliveCor for 7 years and is confused by Apple's claims that the Series 4 will be the first over-the-counter ECG testing device for consumers.

AliveCor is a startup based in Mountain View and it makes portable ECG devices for consumers. It has two products on the market right now — the KardiaMobile and the KardiaBand — both of which, as Gundotra points out, are considerably cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 4.

KardiaMobile is an FDA-cleared personal ECG monitor. It fits in your palm, connects wirelessly to your phone, and gives you ECG readings on the fly. All you have to do is place your fingers on the two metal pads of the device and give it a second. It also costs $99, compared to the $399 starting price of the Apple Watch Series 4. Here's how the KardiaMobile works:


KardiaMobile is a pocketable personal ECG device

AliveCor's other personal ECG monitor is even more interesting – it is a band for the Apple Watch that has the exact same functionality. Taking an ECG with the KardiaBand is simple – you just place your thumb against the metal pad on the band and tap "Record" on the Watch. The KardiaBand costs $199 and comes in two lengths in the box to ensure a perfect fit for the user.

AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra makes a good point about the pricing, noting that many people who need at-home ECG are price sensitive. However, in the case of the KardiaBand, it is a $199 purchase, so if you don't already own an Apple Watch and want ECG functionality, you'd be better off getting the Apple Watch Series 4. No point in buying a Series 3 and investing another $200 in the band. KardiaMobile, on the other hand, is $100 cheaper than the KardiaBand and is compatible with pretty much every phone out there, so it is a viable, much cheaper alternative to the Series 4.


KardiaBand is an Apple Watch band with ECG reading functionality built-in

"We love that Apple is validating AFib; just wait until you see what AliveCor is going to do next," Gundotra said in a Business Insider interview. "We were a great restaurant in a remote section of town, and someone just opened a giant restaurant right next to us, bringing a lot more attention."

"Although when they said they were first to go over-the-counter, we were surprised," he continued. "Apple doesn't like to admit they copy anyone, even in the smallest things. Their own version of alternative facts."

ECG reading capabilities in wearables will become commonplace in the next year and could potentially help millions of users identify health concerns more quickly than ever before.
Current data shows that anywhere from 2.7 to 6.1 million Americans may suffer atrial fibrillation – a statistic that can be lowered and much more accurately measured with real-time, on-the-go ECG readings. No wonder that the FDA is changing to a more flexible stance on wearables that offer this type of functionality.

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7 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple lies and dances around the truth on every single keynote. They know that most will eat up the headline and even when the truth does come out Ifans stick with Apple because they truly believe Apple can do no wrong.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Your just an anti apple idiot as usual. I have a iPhone and so I am an I fan. I was gonna go on here to speak my mind about this and how bad it is of apple to do that if it was done intentionally. But I now see you idiots spewing of weird crap and I have a different look at it now. First of all the Apple Watch is a all in one gadget that does it all. Both these other devices require another really expensive item to make them operate. So in those terms apple does have a first all around gadget that does it all. These devices are just an attachment. Second what does apple have to say about this. They have to know about it. How would they not. If they are being misleading then they should get a lawsuit just like Samsung should be or all the rest of the industry should be for doing the same on what they offer, oh wait Samsung did and lost. I have never seen apple bluntly do somthing like that without good reason so we will see. The other thing is that this company is getting the best publicity that they can get off of this. Garentee they will see sales rise. Then if they have a case they can sue for damages. I personally would get the band instead of upgrading if I could get the band for $100 or maybe $140 and I would not have thought about it untill apple anounces the Apple Watch 4. No way I am upgrading to a 4 for that. It’s just a gimmick. Even though a usfull one for sure that actually could save your life

2. someguy2261

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Nothing new here Apple always been claiming they invented everything while they invent nothing.

3. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Misrepresenting reality is enabled by what is coming out of the White House. Doesn't make it more acceptable, doesn't make it right, but does make it more prevalent. Gee, just what we need, let's encourage more misinformation.

4. ARPAKTIKO

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Does KardiaMobile and the KardiaBand have that wonderful $489 leather strap that the new Apple watch has? No No absurdly expensive leather strap , no buy

5. Tech-shake

Posts: 207; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Apple has always had their reality distortion field on whenever they present a new product. This has been going on since Steve’s days so there is nothing new here. Most of the things that were called “first of its kind” are something that have been out there for years.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

They all do. Every single one of them. It’s called marketing. Like the girls in bikinis on a beach dancing around then at the very end showing a picture of a beer.

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