When it comes to the “quantified self”, heart rate is usually the first and most popular bit of biometric data people want to collect about their own bodies — especially for athletes. There are countless smart heart monitors in the form of chest straps, bracelets, and even wireless stethoscopes. But the latest entry in the market, AmpStrip, takes a form factor that you’d actually be comfortable wearing 24/7.
It’s a wearable, wireless, waterproof heart rate sensor that looks like a high-tech Band-Aid. Surrounded entirely by silicon, the electronics module includes a single-lead ECG, a three-axis accelerometer, a skin temperature sensor, Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, internal memory for up to day’s worth of data, and a battery that lasts more than a week and can be charged wirelessly just by placing the strip on an inductive charging pad.
AmpStrip is worn on the torso, where electrical signals from the heart are strongest and most reliable. It sticks to the skin with replaceable medical-grade adhesive patches. Theoretically, that makes it comfortable enough that you don’t really notice it and never want to take it off. And that allows AmpStrip to provide health and wellness data throughout the day and night — tracking not just workouts, but lifestyle fitness and sleep quality.
Don’t expect AmpStrip to detect medical conditions like arrhythmias, however; for that, it would have to be FDA-certified as a medical device. (We recently covered HealthPatch MD, which is designed for medical heart monitoring, but has a shorter-lived disposable battery and is not waterproof.)
AmpStrip is the first commercial product from Fitlinxx, which has provided embedded technology for other companies’ fitness devices for decades. The company is crowdsourcing production funds on Indiegogo through February 8, and expects to ship in June.
Learn more in the video below.
Related: HealthPatch MD