ams AG, an Austria-based manufacturer and supplier of sensors worldwide, announced the AS7026, a small optical sensor for continuous cardiovascular health monitoring which delivers blood pressure measurement with medical-grade accuracy. When included in the ams VivaVita™ accessory design, this provides a turnkey solution for customers that need a fast time-to-market and is supplied with a feature-rich mobile app for both the iOS and Android mobile operating systems.
The AS7026 provides continuous heart rate, heart rate variability, ECG, and blood pressure measurements when used in a consumer device such as a fitness tracker or a smartwatch. Advanced optical semiconductor technology combined with sophisticated algorithms gives AS7026 its ability to accurately measure health data through a wearable device. The blood pressure measurement accuracy of the algorithm that the AS7026 runs is rated as medical-grade (grade B) when tested according to the IEEE 1708-2014 industry standard, reports Business Wire.
“By use of convenient, comfortable devices such as a wristband or watch equipped with an AS7026 sensor, consumers can become as aware of their normal blood pressure and other key heart health indicators as they are of familiar physical indicators such as height and weight,” says Dr. Reiner Jumpertz, Vice President + General Manager for Color & Spectral Sensors business line at ams. “They can then use these data to take a more active and informed approach to personal health management and lifestyle choices.”
A high-performance optical stack featured in the AS7026 enables it to possess high sensitivity, low noise and high rejection of ambient light. This can dramatically reduce power consumption, an important feature required in wearable devices. In addition, the AS7026’s new optical stack achieves excellent signal quality with every skin color as classified in von Luschan’s chromatic scale.