How special is the first «clinically validated» hybrid smartwatch?
How special is the first «clinically validated» hybrid smartwatch?

How special is the first «clinically validated» hybrid smartwatch?

Darius Affolter
Zurich, on 10.09.2020
A beautiful design, sapphire crystal, at least one month of battery life and numerous sports features. For many, these would already be good reasons for buying the watch. The ScanWatch, however, still offers several sports functions and clearly stands out from the competition.

Back in January 2020, Withings introduced the ScanWatch at CES Las Vegas and was awarded the CES Innovation Award in three categories (Embedded Technologies, Wearable Technologies and Fitness & Sports). Aside from a small delay, it's available as of now.

As with several Withings predecessors, the ScanWatch comes in 38mm and 42mm versions. It's a slim and elegant smartwatch with a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal and an interchangeable sports bracelet. The crown on the right-hand side can be pressed and turned, allowing various functions to be selected on the small PMOLED display.

The most important specs and functions

  • Housing material: stainless steel
  • Display protection: sapphire crystal
  • Display technology: PMOLED with analogue hands
  • Battery life: 30 days during normal use, up to 50 days in power saver mode
  • Charging time: 80% in 1h and 2h until max. charge
  • Bracelet: fluoroelastometer, interchangeable with standard 20 mm bracelets for 42mm versions and 18 mm bracelets for 38mm ones.
  • Compatibility: Android and iOS with the Health Mate app
  • Waterproof: up to 50m (IP68)
  • Sensors: heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor (blood oxygen saturation)
  • Connectivity: low energy Bluetooth, connected GPS
  • Functions: sleep analysis, respiratory scan, electrocardiogram (ECG), oxygen saturation values, atrial fibrillation indicator, detection of respiratory disorders, heart rate, step count, distance, calorie consumption, automatic activity tracking, floors, alarm clock, stopwatch, timer, smart notifications and over 30 training modes (running, cycling, swimming etc.) incl. VO2max.

Among other things, you'll have to do without internal memory, music functions, detailed training analyses, a microphone or speakers. However, there are numerous other Smartwatches that focus on these functions. The ScanWatch focuses on health aspects while remaining slim and stylish by leaving out certain elements.

Clinically validated with a focus on health

Numerous experts from renowned healthcare institutions around the world were involved in ScanWatch development.

With the heart rate sensor, ScanWatch can generate a medically accurate electrocardiogram (ECG), which is used to detect atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a form of cardiac arrhythmia. If a disturbance or a low, high or irregular heart rate is detected, a notification is sent to your smartphone.

The SpO2 sensor (blood oxygen measurement) enables the detection of respiratory disorders. By means of a respiratory scan, the watch monitors oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiratory rate and movement during sleep and tracks episodes of respiratory disturbances, which could be an indication of relatively widespread sleep apnea (short interruptions of breathing during sleep).

All analyses and results can be viewed in the user-friendly Health Mate app. You can also discuss the collected data with your doctor.

The ScanWatch offers very accurate sleep monitoring and analysis of sleep patterns. Thanks to the flat design, you'll hardly notice it when sleeping.

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Darius Affolter
Darius Affolter

Portfolio Development Manager, Zurich

A day without doing sports and enjoying music is a wasted day. I'm a passionate triathlete who never leaves the house without headphones and smartwatch. To me, keeping up with the digitalisation of everyday life means constantly trying out new devices and always being curious.


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