In the weeks before the Apple Watch 7’s announcement, the Internet rumor factory was excited about developing a theory about its new health and fitness features. Theorists suggested that it would have a radically different design and could measure blood pressure, blood sugar and blood alcohol all non-invasively.
Looking back, it is no surprise that he turned out to be overly ambitious. Apple has patented blood pressure tracking using actuators embedded in Watch wristbands, but nothing more specific. Some smartwatches and fitness trackers (such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2) can estimate changes in blood pressure using the same optical sensors that track heart rate, but this is a rough guide and conventional. It cannot replace the monitor or the cuff.
Blood sugar monitoring is eventually either spectroscopic (using a laser to identify different chemicals) or a method pioneered by the British company Nemura Medical, which uses a gentle electric current to pull molecules through the skin. Is. Promising research is suggesting that it can be brought to smartwatches using lasers, but it is not yet ready to be implemented in commercial devices.
In fact, the new health features of the Apple Watch 7 are pretty modest, but still very interesting, especially for casual cyclists.
Saddle up and ride
One of these new tools is fall detection during cycling activity. Starting with the Apple Watch 4, you can already detect troubles and alert emergency services if you tap your face to indicate it’s OK.
The same thing happens with the Apple Watch 7 when you fall off your bike. If it detects that the watch is running after a tumble, it waits for an on-screen alert to respond. If you can’t walk for a minute, it will automatically call emergency services and send a message to your emergency contacts.
It’s a feature that’s already found on sports watches like the Garmin and Coros, but it’s nice to see it expanded to more versatile smartwatches to protect more casual riders. This feature works well with the new watch face, which is topped with a more crack-resistant crystal, and is rated for dust as well as water resistance.
The Apple Watch 7 also improves calorie counting on an electric bike. I’m still not sure how it works, but you can use a combination of previous heart rate, resting heart rate, current heart rate, and pace during your workout. Expect it to calculate what you’re striving for a battery assisted ride.
Electric bikes are becoming more and more popular, especially for city riding, but most smartwatches and fitness trackers assume that all cycling is done on a traditional bike. The Apple Watch 7 acknowledges that electric bikes are a legitimate form of exercise, and a more accurate calorie count could help owners saddle up instead of jumping in the car for short trips. There is.
There are many other tools Apple could add to assist cyclists, including more training tracking options and fitness tests, but for commuters and weekend riders, the Apple Watch 7 is for you.