The Apple Watch might seem like a bust, but it has one vital feature that could change Americans’ unhealthy habits.
The Apple Watch is hitting stores next month and there’s been quite a bit of hemming and hawing about the usefulness of an expensive accessory that requires an iPhone to even function. As much as the entire population seems addicted to their cellphones and tablets, the need for a wearable device hasn’t garnered quite as much excitement, especially with its failure to revolutionize healthcare.
While the Apple Watch was once rumored to monitor glucose levels, blood pressure and heart activity, these features have all fallen by the waste side. Cost, kinks and concerns of over regulation caused the technology giant to nix the apps, rendering the wearable item less health forward than once promised.
But one of the remaining health features could encourage those wearing the pricey gadget to get moving.
The watch monitors how much a person moves, stands and exercises. And since sitting has been compared to cancer as a prolonged lack of movement and can contribute to heart disease and diabetes, the Apple Watch’s more healthful feature will remind users to get out of their seats, Forbes points out.
Every hour, the sensor sends a little pulse to the wrist along with a digital reminder to stand or move. It’s a simple gesture, but a vibration isn’t as easy. A little zap could get users on their feet. The watch also sets goals for users to move enough each day, so they can track their fitness over time.
Apple aficionados can purchase the wearable device on April 24. If you’re only interested in its health features and other apps, the watch will cost $350. However, if you like to track your health while looking stylish with a rose gold and sapphire encrusted watch face, you’re looking at a $17,000 price tag.
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