Bhubaneswar: You might have heard that having a blood oxygen monitor or oximeter is a good idea in this pandemic. While you can buy dedicated monitors for the job, you can also buy fitness bands and smartwatches that have in-built SpO2 sensors.
A SpO2 sensor measures the blood oxygen saturation level. If the level falls below the normal 95 percent, then it can indicate that there is a lung problem – something that happens in some COVID patients. A level below 92 percent would suggest that the person is seriously ill and may need supplementary oxygen.
Here’s a list of wearables with SpO2 sensor on a budget:
The Realme Watch has a 1.4-inch display that is dust and water-resistant. It has a heart monitor and SpO2 sensor as well as 14 different sports modes, music and camera controls, smart notifications, etc. It is priced at ₹3,999 in India.
Honor 5 Band
Huawei’s Honor 5 Band has a 0.96-inch AMOLED display with SpO2 sensor, heart rate monitor, music controls, smart notification and sleep tracker. It is priced at ₹2,199. It comes in Meteorite Black, Olive Green and Coral Pink colour variants. There’s a lower Honor 5i variant that sports a TFT display and is priced at ₹1,799.
Huawei Band 4
This is a more affordable band with a SpO2 sensor and has a 0.96-inch display. It is priced at ₹1,899. It comes in Sakura Pink, Amber Sunrise and Graphite Black colours.