Alphabet's Verily shows off health-focused smartwatch

Verily is clear on the watch's intent in a blog post: "Study Watch is an investigational device and is not for sale".

To make the Study Watch even more friendly for users who might be self-conscious about wearing a medical device, the Study Watch includes an always on display with a crisp, high resolution display.

The Study Watch lasts for a week and records your body activity with a multitude of sensors.

However Alphabet's Verily has chose to go in a different direction with the announcement of the Study Watch.

The Verily Study Watch is capable of recording electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate, electrodermal activity, and inertial movements thanks to "multiple physiological and environmental sensors".

With the goal of Study Watch to be an unobtrusive way to collect medical data, battery life is a concern.

Google's Verily has unveiled its newest investigational device, the Verily Study Watch, with the ability to passively capture health data.

One of the proposed uses for the watch is in the Personalized Parkinson's Project where it will be used to identify patterns in the progression of Parkinson's disease, which could ultimately lead to more personalized treatments. And the fact that it looks and acts like a standard wristwatch goes a ways toward making the data collection process less obtrusive than more traditional vital-gathering devices.

A long battery life of up to one week in order to drive better user compliance during longitudinal studies. Verily notes the Study Watch has "large internal storage and data compression", which lets the wearable host data gathered over a period of weeks, not days.

Paired with a "powerful processor", real-time algorithms can run on the device, with OTA software updates adding new algorithms and improved user interfaces.

Collected data are then uploaded and processed in the cloud using Verily's backend algorithms and machine learning tools. It displays time and instructions, but the company is clear that it won't display any other information like notifications.

  • Carolyn Briggs