CES 2020: Aura Smart Strap for Apple Watch to Launch in March

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Aura at CES 2019 introduced an Apple Watch "Smart Strap" designed to measure weight, water, fat, and muscle via electrodes built into the band. The strap didn't end up launching in 2019, but Aura says that it's set to launch in March 2020, with pre-orders available now.

The Aura Strap, which is priced at $99, claims to allow users to measure their body composition and track their hydration levels and fitness progress. Aura says the band uses bioimpedance to analyze the upper body, tracking lung performance and changes in breathing, comparing that information with pulse data.


The band is able to assess the risk of heart failure and notify the user, though this is something that newer Apple Watch models can do on their own without the need for an additional strap. Measuring body composition and hydration is not something the Apple Watch can do on its own, though testing will need to be done to see how accurate the Aura strap is in practice.


The Aura Strap is available in four color options, including black, green, red, and gray, and it attaches to the Apple Watch using the standard Apple Watch lugs. According to Aura, the strap transfers results to the watch "via an ultrasound interface" and it works for up to six months on a single battery. It has the same waterproof specifications as the watch and is able to sync with HealthKit.

Aura is taking pre-orders for the watch as of today, with the device set to begin shipping out to customers starting in March 2020.

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Marco0107

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Aura at CES 2019 introduced an Apple Watch "Smart Strap" designed to measure weight, water, fat, and muscle via electrodes built into the band.

Wait... did they say it measures weight?
 

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I want to see the scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals comparing this with clinical measures. Otherwise, is just wishful thinking and snake oil sales. The papers usually come out 1-2 years after a product comes to market (e.g., there have been 2 in the last few months about the apple watch and A-Fib (one about the HEART study in the NEJM, and other using the apple watch to take a 6 lead precordial EKG in other journal, can't remember the name right now).
 

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I want to see the scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals comparing this with clinical measures. Otherwise, is just wishful thinking and snake oil sales. The papers usually come out 1-2 years after a product comes to market (e.g., there have been 2 in the last few months about the apple watch and A-Fib (one about the HEART study in the NEJM, and other using the apple watch to take a 6 lead precordial EKG in other journal, can't remember the name right now).
If you can find this please update us!!
 

Relentless Power

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Interesting technology, albeit I question the accuracy. I suspect Apple probably Will release their own version of a watch band like this in the future similarly.

But I think it’s very clear other manufacturers are seeing Apples leading with health related features, thus following by releasing products like this.
 
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Dmitrii

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I want to see the scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals comparing this with clinical measures. Otherwise, is just wishful thinking and snake oil sales. The papers usually come out 1-2 years after a product comes to market (e.g., there have been 2 in the last few months about the apple watch and A-Fib (one about the HEART study in the NEJM, and other using the apple watch to take a 6 lead precordial EKG in other journal, can't remember the name right now).
If you can find this please update us!!
The Aura technology detects the RISK of heart failure before its development, i.e. in advance but does not make the diagnosis of AF after its development as in "new Apple Watch models". This is something different as can be seen from the US patent:
 
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The Aura technology detects the RISK of heart failure before its development, i.e. in advance but does not make the diagnosis of AF after its development as in "new Apple Watch models". This is something different as can be seen from the US patent:
Yes, I know it doesn't claim to detect AF, I just mentioned Atrial Fibrillation detection because it's the feature of a gadget that has recently been studied in peer reviewed journals, which is the crux of my comment, I want to compare the manufacturers claims against hard data in a well designed, experimental, controlled study.

Your comment that "The Aura technology detects the RISK of heart failure before its development" is precisely what may be only poppycock, at least until proven in clinical trials.

That's the point I thought I was making (it seems I didn't make it clear enough).

1. Large-Scale Assessment of a Smartwatch to Identify Atrial Fibrillation, NEJM, november 14th, 2019
2. Standard and Precordial Leads Obtained With an Apple Watch, Annals of internal medicine, november 2019.
 

Dmitrii

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Yes, I know it doesn't claim to detect AF, I just mentioned Atrial Fibrillation detection because it's the feature of a gadget that has recently been studied in peer reviewed journals, which is the crux of my comment, I want to compare the manufacturers claims against hard data in a well designed, experimental, controlled study.

Your comment that "The Aura technology detects the RISK of heart failure before its development" is precisely what may be only poppycock, at least until proven in clinical trials.

That's the point I thought I was making (it seems I didn't make it clear enough).

1. Large-Scale Assessment of a Smartwatch to Identify Atrial Fibrillation, NEJM, november 14th, 2019
2. Standard and Precordial Leads Obtained With an Apple Watch, Annals of internal medicine, november 2019.
Yes, I understood your message. You were misled by the article. It mixed a preventive medicine technology from Aura (disease risk detection) with the clinical medicine technology from Apple (disease detection). You presented the example of AF studies from Apple and expect the same approach in approval studies from Aura. However, this is an example of a technology approval related to the clinical approach. Approval of the preventive medicine technology is more complicated. Clinical approach deals with clinical signatures of diseases – current symptoms. Preventive approach deals with physiological signatures of pathological processes – biomarkers that may lead (resilience probability) to a particular disease with clinical symptoms in the person (personalized medicine).

To validate the technology you will need a pool of other objective biomarkers related to these pathological processes or more time to get clinical outcomes in the person with the knowledge of his physiological resilience traits against the risk.

Frequently, there are no qualitative objective “gold standards” among biomarkers in general medicine, only consensus-based pharma-biased thresholds like for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol. That's why I suggest not to mix validation of preventive and clinical medicine technologies. I believe the progress is with the first. The second technologies are our past.

I would like to prevent a disease by preventive medicine technologies when I am still healthy. I am less happy with clinical technologies that deal with diagnoses when my life is already in dangerous. I don’t see Apple with its technologies goes in the first direction, unfortunately.

The patent of Aura includes a reference list of experimental studies that may be helpful to understand the technology.
 

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It doesn’t seem to be the case.

Until there is hard data, real evidence in clinical trials that correlate those “preventive measures” with disease outcomes, whatever claims the manufacturer may have, it might just be charlatanism.

There is no “traditional” versus “alternative” medicine, there is no “preventive” versus “curative” medicine. There is only evidence based medicine versus quackery.

Yes, I understood your message...
 

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It doesn’t seem to be the case.

Until there is hard data, real evidence in clinical trials that correlate those “preventive measures” with disease outcomes, whatever claims the manufacturer may have, it might just be charlatanism.

There is no “traditional” versus “alternative” medicine, there is no “preventive” versus “curative” medicine. There is only evidence based medicine versus quackery.
This is not my viewpoint. See Boorse, 1997, 2014. There are different clinical and pathological indicators that claim different outcomes as proofs in clinical and pathophysiological studies. I wanted only to say that preventive approach claims more strict proofs compared with clinical approach.
 
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It says it lasts "up to" six months on a battery. What happens after the battery dies? Is it replaceable? hmmm
 

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It’s less water resistant than the Apple Watch, you can’t swim with it
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No details on wrist size.