Apple Watch or Huawei bracelet? There is an old urchin at home, which wearable device should I choose as a New Year gift?

From Xiaomi bracelets worth about 100 yuan to Apple Watch worth thousands of yuan, smart wearable devices are exploding.

Evolving to the present, smart wearable devices have entered a mature stage, and functions such as voice calls, sending and receiving messages, motion detection and health management are basically standard.

The New Year’s Eve is approaching. If there are "old urchins" at home, which smart wearable device should I choose as a New Year gift?

What do the elderly care about most?

When buying smart wearable devices for their elders, many people forget that old talents are users, and products bought from the perspective of young people do not meet the needs of the elderly.

What are the needs of the "old urchins"?

In order to clarify this question, I asked 20 "old urchins" who are over 60 years old in the community senior activity center to check the demand form. You can choose multiple options. The top six most checked needs are:

  1. Price: Don’t be too expensive, don’t spend too much money on your children
  2. Battery life: one charge can last a long time, generally one month is considered ideal
  3. Call and location: in emergency, you can quickly contact your child and send the location to the child’s mobile phone
  4. Step count record: compare your WeChat steps with your friends
  5. Health management: can do ECG, can detect blood pressure and blood sugar
  6. Aesthetics and workmanship: simple, versatile, waterproof and drop resistant

Look, some of the needs of " old urchins" are actually different from those of young people. They are also health management needs. Young people pay more attention to heart rate and calories, while older people pay more attention to ECG, blood pressure and blood sugar.

What’s interesting is that the topic of this survey has gradually shifted to the children’s filial piety to their parents. I was very impressed by what an aunt said: "Children feel happy to buy everything for themselves, and don’t want them to spend too much money. ( It’s not easy to work hard outside…Now it’s stressful to buy a house!”

How to choose the product?

Although "old urchins" have their own needs, they are limited by their knowledge of smart wearable products. There may be some factors that have not been considered. Next is the time for young people to add supplements.

According to the "Blue Book on Elderly Health: China Elderly Health Research Report (2018)" published by Peking Union Medical College, China Association for Elderly Health Care, and Social Science Literature Press, the most important health problems that cause disease burden for the elderly in China are:

Stroke (stroke), malignant tumor, ischemic heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, mental health problems (such as depression, suicide and Alzheimer's disease), hypertensive heart disease, falls.

Most of these diseases will have a certain degree of abnormalities in heart rate, blood oxygen, blood pressure and blood sugar, and it is very important to get treatment in time after the onset.

Therefore, health monitoring and emergency contact functions should be considered as core factors .

▲ The two functions of fall detection and emergency contact can be considered. Picture from: Huami official website

Combined with the needs of the elderly and Aifaner's understanding of smart wearable devices, we have listed a few purchase suggestions.

1. If the elderly have cardiovascular and brain cognitive diseases, it is strongly recommended to buy a cellular version of equipment with independent call and positioning functions

Many products have GPS version and cellular version, such as Apple Watch, OPPO Watch, Xiaomi watch, etc. We recommend buying cellular version.

Once the elderly encounter an emergency, such as falling and being unable to move, getting sick or missing, they can call their family members and send the location as soon as possible, which is more reliable than the GPS version relying on Bluetooth.

▲ Elderly people often carry things with bags in their hands, and smart watches can also be convenient for independent calls. Image from: Xiaomi official website

▲ The device can send location information to the mobile phone, or check the location of the device from the mobile phone. Picture from: Apple's official website

Under normal circumstances, the cellular version is about 20% more expensive than the GPS version (mostly a few hundred yuan), which is still very worthwhile compared to the functions it provides.

2. Try to buy equipment with ECG (electrocardiogram) function

For the "old urchin", ECG can be regarded as one of the most practical functions. It can simply monitor changes in heart rate and generate an electrocardiogram. Heart rate and electrocardiogram abnormalities are one of the main manifestations of many elderly or congenital diseases. I found that early treatment is good for myself and my family.

The ECG function of smart wearable devices has been controversial since its launch. Many people doubt its accuracy. In fact, there is no need to worry about it. As long as it is an ECG certified by the relevant national authorities, the accuracy is reliable.

For example, Huawei's Watch GT 2 Pro ECG model is Huawei's first smart wearable product to obtain a Class II medical device registration certificate from the National Medical Products Administration. It can perform electrocardiogram measurements anytime, anywhere, and provide an electrocardiogram report with a physician's signature.

▲ Some smart wearable devices have been certified by the National Medical Products Administration. Picture from: Huawei official website

Amazfit Midong Health Watch, equipped with the world's first artificial intelligence chip "Huangshan No. 1" in the field of smart wear, supports 7×24 hours arrhythmia (including atrial fibrillation) monitoring and remote medical guidance services.

▲ Amazfit Midong health bracelet supports ECG measurement. Picture from: Amazfit official website

Apple Watch also has ECG function, but it is currently not available in mainland China.

Those who are on the sidelines of ECG may as well regard it as a supplementary way to monitor health anytime and anywhere at low cost. It may not be as accurate as large medical devices, but it is worse than nothing.

Here we specifically declare that if the elderly are found to have more obvious symptoms of disease, they must be sent to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment. The meaning of smart wearable devices is prevention and self-examination, and cannot be equated to medical equipment.

3. Waterproof function should be given priority

Many elderly people slip and fall mainly in the bathroom, and most of them occur when bathing or going to the bathroom. In order to prevent the elderly from worrying about water in the equipment and not wearing them, it is best to buy smart wear with high water resistance.

In addition, when the elderly wash, do housework and exercise, smart wearable devices may come into contact with liquids. It is best to use skin-friendly silicone material for the strap, which is quick-drying and easy to take care of.

▲ The silicone strap on the right is waterproof and easy to take care of

As for the anti-fall function of the device, we think it depends on the actual needs of the elderly. The anti-fall smart wearable devices are generally thicker and more suitable for young people who often exercise outdoors, but not suitable for the elderly who need to wear them for a long time.

After reading the mainstream products in one picture

After understanding the needs of the "old urchins" and the precautions that need to be added, let's take a look at the wearable device products of mainstream brands on the market.

The price factor that the elderly people value most, personally feel that it does not need to be the first consideration, but depends on the buyer's budget.

It is the nature of parents to consider for their children. This point cannot be compromised with them. Only when the things you buy can help them solve their problems are money spent on the blade.

The outlook of smart wearable devices

We found that none of the major brands of smart wearable devices have launched blood pressure and blood glucose monitoring functions. Only some unknown brands have tried these two functions, but they have not been recognized by relevant departments.

These two functions can be said to be the rigid needs of the elderly. If technology is realized someday, not only the elderly but also the young will be available. After all, there is a trend of younger people with hypertension and diabetes, and everyone's health management concepts are also Change, old-age care starts when you are young.

▲ The blood oxygen detection function is already on the market, looking forward to the launch of blood pressure and blood glucose functions. Picture from: Apple's official website

Someone asked me before: "What do you think of smart wearable devices?"

My answer is: " Smart wearable devices are an attitude to life ."

From the very beginning of the call information receiver, the smart wearable device has gradually developed into a device that integrates information, health, schedule management and other functions. Purchasing it is no longer a simple shopping behavior, but on behalf of you The caring attitude towards your family, this attitude is from the inside out, positive and upward, can make your life better.

Source of title picture: Huami official website

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