DANVILLE, Calif. (KTVU) - It's called the smartwatch that will save your life, and it's being introduced to the world, by a San Francisco company.
It is a highly sophisticated, and very fashionable heart rate monitor. The new technology was created by an already successful, local entrepreneur.
Ryan Howard's motivation was much more than starting another company, or making money. Howard's good friend died in his sleep, from cardiac arrest, at just 40 years old. "It scared me a lot and I thought about, was there something we could build to prevent it?"
He thought there must be a way to alert emergency personal, and loved ones, if something isn't right and the person can't respond.
He created iBeat; wearable technology that monitors and analyzes your heart rate 24-7.
"It can tell, in some cases, ahead of time, that something erratic is happening. If someone's heart is beating at 220 beats per minute, it's fluttering, it's not actually pumping blood," said Howard.
The watch will first ask the user if something is wrong. If they don't answer, and something is wrong, it notifies 911, and your pre-determined, emergency contacts.
Built-in GPS allows them to find you.
Ryan says it's different than what's out there now, because the person wearing it, does not have to push a button to ask for help.
It's a medical device, but it won't look like one
"We have black on black, or white on white. We want people to be able to choose their own, personal style. As well as the actual, physical device, we're going to have different watch faces," said Brian boarini, co-founder and product director.
Howard opened his San Francisco home to his 10 employees where they design, create, and market the smart watch.
The iBeat smartwatch will cost just about $200, plus what the company says will be a nominal, monthly fee, for 3G and GPS.
They start taking pre-orders in October.