Most smartwatches to enter the market are consumed with health issues, but having a health focus without cellular connectivity and the freedom to leave your smartphone behind is little comfort in the event of an emergency. iBeat has decided to emerge with a medical product that looks premium and unsuspecting while being an effective medical device in a possible worst-case scenario. The result of this effort is a smartwatch that iBeat is calling the iBeat Life Monitor.
The iBeat Life Monitor is, yes, a smartwatch that looks like something akin to the Moto 360 but monitors your heart rate constantly. In the event that you're having a heart attack, for example, just press a button on the side for 2 seconds and your emergency contacts will be notified (thanks to iBeat's very on Emergency on Demand feature). You can also use the device in the event of a robbery, as well, which is more subtle and faster than grabbing a phone and hoping your phone's battery is still working. The iBeat Life Monitor also has a rechargeable battery that clips onto the side of the watch when needing to juice up on the go.
Watchfaces are interchangeable, and the design of the iBeat Life Monitor is for those who want a smartwatch for both work and leisure. As for cellular connectivity, iBeat Founder and CEO Ryan Howard says that "you don't have to pay for a cellular plan," but you'll only receive "months of free monitoring" (though not all) if you order it -- even though you'll also get the device for 50% off if you decide to be an early backer at Indiegogo. These details aren't too explained within the video, though, so keep that in mind.
The iBeat Life Monitor doesn't come with a Dr. Oz app, for example, nor is it autographed by Dr. Oz, but the Dr. himself is behind the smartwatch. Oz is a surgeon, professor at Columbia University, and host of the Dr. Oz Show who has a background in heart studies. With his influence on his show, of course, iBeat believed this to be an excellent idea.
The team at iBeat has teamed up with ammunition, a company that is responsible for making Beats headphones and Williams-Sonoma products, to bring this smartwatch to market. Currently, the project has raised nearly $31,000 with 260 backers and there are 24 days left to help raise the remaining $20,000.
As with all projects, we advise you to do due diligence to research the project before investing in it. Keep in mind that some projects do not come to market and that there's little recovery of funds in many cases when a project fails to materialize.
You can go here to get your iBeat Life Monitor smartwatch.