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Wearable and mobile device manufacturers are beginning to discover why tracking heart rate variability (HRV) is an important tool for naturally reducing stress, increasing strength and endurance, as well as improving overall health. One common question, however, is what is the best way to track HRV? Advances in biosensor technology is revealing that the answer is to leverage the power of electrocardiography (ECG) sensors. In this article, we’re going to talk about ECG sensors, and how using them to enable wearable and mobile devices can offer valuable insight into consumer’s health through tracking their HRV.

What are ECG Sensors? 

ECG biosensors such as NeuroSky’s CardioChip are designed to measure the bio-potential that is generated by the electrical signals the heart uses to control the expansion and contraction of its chambers. These sensors are able to offer the most accurate way of tracking heart activity—in fact, ECG sensors are the reference standard signal used by healthcare providers. ECG sensors such as the CardioChip consume very little power, and are fast, accurate, easy to integrate in wearable devices, and able to provide the wearer with a wealth of data.

Powering Your Healthy Lifestyle

ECG biosensors provide the data, and combined with NeuroSky’s biometric algorithms, a wearable or mobile device user can gain access to powerful insights into the health of their body and mind. Not only do ECG biosensors track HRV, they can also help to unlock information on stress levels, mental and physical fatigue, mood, and heart age. ECG biosensors can even identify when they’re not getting the best signal possible, and can inform the wearer how they can go about adjusting their sensor for a more accurate reading. With this HRV data, a user can begin to determine the best course of action to take in order to improve their overall wellness. Tracking HRV can also go a long way in helping the user to identify environmental triggers that can impact health. 

The Ease of Wearing an ECG Sensor

The wealth of data an ECG sensor can provide is reason enough for a consumer to incorporate a wearable or mobile device into their life; the fact that they are easy to take anywhere is simply icing on the cake. There was a time when gathering HRV data would require an appointment with your doctor, but those days are gone. Today, ECG sensors are totally non-invasive, and small enough to be embedded in wearable technology such as fitness bracelets or other mobile devices. This means a user can go about a normal day, and easily acquire an impressive amount of data to naturally improve health, fitness, and stress levels. 

The Future of ECG

ECG biosensors play an important role in tracking HRV and overall health, and NeuroSky is continuously developing new algorithms to provide users with more information to work toward healthier, happier futures. For more information on the advantages of using ECG-enabled wearable and mobile devices to track HRV, be sure to download the free whitepaper, Wearable Solutions For Improving Heart Health and Wellness.   

About NeuroSky

NeuroSky technologies enable the most insightful and easy-to-understand health and wellness biometrics for mobile solutions, wearable devices, and service providers. The company’s proprietary, market-leading biosensor technologies provide a foundation for analyzing biometric data in a way that’s never before been practical. NeuroSky-enabled solutions deliver unique insights into body and mind health and wellness that can motivate people to make better lifestyle choices.

NeuroSky Technology Fast 500 2014 & 2015 Recipient Awarded by Deloitte LLP

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