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random_soldier1337

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#1 1 week ago

So in a conversation, I just happened to find out that smartwatches, for what is a "smart" device, are actually quite cheap. At least the one that he got. I checked on Amazon and at least one from a company of fair repute (Xiaomi), was around ~$30 along with some others.


Is that story too good to be true?


Furthermore, for any owners, what has your experience been? Why or why not do you (not) own a smartwatch?


Personally, further apprehensions I have are if it requires a constant internet connection or something of that sort. Even if it doesn't, not sure I like the idea of an electronic device monitoring my details such as heartbeat, location, weight, etc. Not that phones can't know your location but details about my body updated on a minute by minute basis are really specific. I could of course take it off but it would retain some details such as my weight and what not.


What does everyone think?




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#2 1 week ago

So most smart watches aren’t connected to the internet as such. You pair them to a phone usually by Bluetooth and they get push notifications and can sync data back such as health data, if you want.

I wore a Microsoft Band and I can honestly say it saved my life. I’d never have known my heart rate was so high and decided to seek help when I was very ill one Sunday night and went to the hospital. It was invaluable information and has led to me getting to a PoTS / Dysautonomia diagnosis very quickly and get the help I need.

So I recommend them wholeheartedly if you pardon the pun. They tell you so much about your health. They’re a good medical tool as well as a good gadget.


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#3 1 week ago

Very convincing indeed. Though, one thing. I don't quite recall how but one user in my acquaintance circle mentioned that a lot of the blood related information is gathered by pulsing some sort of light/low intensity laser through your skin into the artery on your hand where the watch would be situated and it creates some sort of mild burning or otherwise (initially) uncomfortable sensation.


Anything on that?




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#4 1 week ago
Posted by random_soldier1337

Very convincing indeed. Though, one thing. I don't quite recall how but one user in my acquaintance circle mentioned that a lot of the blood related information is gathered by pulsing some sort of light/low intensity laser through your skin into the artery on your hand where the watch would be situated and it creates some sort of mild burning or otherwise (initially) uncomfortable sensation.


Anything on that?


It can monitor heart rate, and possibly blood oxygen level yes, it does this by shining a light on your skin, and a sensor detects how much darker the image gets as blood passes through the veins. The rate of darkness / light allows it to detect pulse, and how much darker it gets gives you blood oxygen level.

So it works exactly like a pulse oximiter does and it's perfectly harmless. There's absolutely no way in a month of Sundays it causes a burning of any kind at all. Not unless your friend gets burns off normal LED lights somehow. Sounds more likely he's had an allergic reaction to the material in the strap of the band.


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