Some may think the wearable ECG market is overcrowded, but seeing big players joining the throng shows there is still room. At Shanghai’s CMEF, a significant player jumped in—Mindray, one of China’s biggest and most diversified health care equipment companies.
Its Mr. Wear was officially released on the Chinese market during the trade show. What makes this ECG recorder/heart rate monitor special is its small form factor, which Mindray detailed (in Chinese) to OFweek. Looking like a band-aid, Mr. Wear weighs less than 9 grams and is only 6 mm thick. It is also fully wireless, able both to transmit data and be recharged wirelessly. The device also can be worn around the clock and is shower-resistant (IPX7-compliant).
Mindray announced it would launch two types of Mr. Wear, a sports version and a medical version. Real-time monitoring of patients 24 hours a day, offline storage in Holter mode and event-triggered alerts are all available in the medical version. “Stress mode” is also available for high-intensity athletic activities.
Multiple Medical Uses
Mindray also wants to turn Mr. Wear into a platform, rather than remaining a mere stand-alone wearable.
According to Mindray, the product could find multiple medical uses, from the identification of abnormal ECG readings for the detection of cardiovascular disease risk to postoperative patient rehabilitation assessment.
Like numerous medical device manufacturers, Mindray also wants to turn Mr. Wear into a platform, rather than remaining a mere stand-alone wearable. The Chinese company is therefore also offering a “Mr. software” developer kit (SDK), for those interested in creating apps connecting both to Mr. Wear and to cloud services such as AliCloud. At CMEF, Mindray announced that “more than a dozen partners” are currently developing solutions related to Mr. Wear.