IFA 2022 | ASUS VivoWatch 5 Aero presented with 'world's first' fingertip ECG functionality
ASUS has presented the VivoWatch 5 Aero, a fitness tracker that differs in a few areas from the regular VivoWatch 5. In fact, ASUS promotes the VivoWatch 5 Aero as a 'health smartwatch', a new category by most accounts. Like many other fitness trackers, the VivoWatch 5 Aero relies on a narrow display with a silicone band. While the display is on the smaller side, ASUS claims it needed space to include an additional ECG and PPG sensor on the VivoWatch 5 Aero's front.
Allegedly, the sensor can measure your blood oxygen saturation levels and your heart rate, as well as perform an ECG. ASUS claims that sensors on the device's front and back allow it to deliver more accurate results than just relying on the former. However, ASUS has remained silent on the advantages of including a sensor on the device's front, other than for convenience's sake.
It is worth stressing that other smartwatches can record ECGs, although none quite in the same way as the VivoWatch 5 Aero. Unsurprisingly, the fitness tracker also supports sleep tracking and has a GPS module. Unfortunately, ASUS has not confirmed many other features, nor its launch price. Currently, ASUS hopes to release the VivoWatch 5 Aero this December. It remains to be seen in how many markets the VivoWatch 5 Aero will be available, though.