Wellograph’s wellness sapphire smart watch beats iWatch to market

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Wellograph’s iWatch can monitor your heartbeat. (Picture: Wellograph)

There have been numerous companies, from Samsung downwards, willing to leap onto the smart watch bandwagon to try and beat it to market. Wellograph’s new smart watch, however, perhaps comes the closest to what many users are expecting to see from Apple — with the world’s first wellness-focused smart watch sporting a sapphire crystal display.

The 1.26-inch LCD display watch is available to ship now, and comes with various smart functions, including a Tri­-LED heart­ rate sensor, which replicates the action of a doctor using their fingers to feel for a pulse and provides real-time readings of heart signals.

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The smart watch features a genuine sapphire crystal display.

In addition, the device works as a running watch, featuring stopwatch functions as well as live stats about your current pace and the distance you’ve covered. After wearers have finished their run, the device then summarizes the journey by listing stats including top speed, heart rate info and calories burned, which is accessible on a dedicated iPhone app.

It charges by way of a Micro USB power adapter and each charge reportedly lasts up to 7 days of continuous use.

People wanting to find out more about the device can do so at this link. While companies like Wellograph could possibly feel the squeeze when Apple does opt to release its iWatch, the fact that many reports are now suggesting Apple’s device won’t arrive until early 2015 does mean that Wellograph has a few months to make its impact felt.

And at $349 it’s cheaper than the $400 rumored to be Apple’s higher price point.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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