Apple’s new Watch Series 4 was announced this week, as were the new Polar Vantage V and M while Samsung announced the new Galaxy Watch last month. These wearables focus heavily on health and wellness with heart rate monitoring being used in three different ways. Samsung Galaxy Watch Featured stories In latest Windows test builds, Microsoft discourages alternate browsers Apple’s iPhone XS Max price tops out at $1,449 — and 8 other keynote takeaways New cold boot attack affects “nearly all modern computers” Apple tries to wipe AirPower from the history books Google Inbox will disappear in March 2019 The heart rate monitor used on the Samsung Galaxy Watch is pretty standard for today’s latest smartwatches, activity trackers, and GPS sports watches. Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung, and others use this some kind of heart rate approach. Various lights are used to read the blood flow through the wrist with heart rate variability (HRV) an option for some advanced metrics. Also: Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Fantastic hardware, full-featured activity tracking, and a terrible voice assistant In order to receive the advanced metrics, the heart rate monitor in a couple of places needs to be set to always-on. With this function enabled, the Galaxy Watch will use HRV and its accelerometer to measure REM sleep levels. You will also get graphs of your heart rate throughout the day so you can more accurately track your heart rate history. Also: Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on: 4 ways it’s better than Apple Watch (so far) CNET… [Read full story]
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