Samsung Electronics and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have announced the launch of My BP Lab, a jointly developed smartphone research app to help users monitor their blood pressure and stress levels and obtain personalised insights for improving their daily health.
The aim of the study is to optimise My BP Lab to provide contextualised and scientifically informed feedback, so users will be able to gain a better understanding of their stress and blood pressure levels.
My BP Lab leverages an innovative optical sensor available on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, to provide users with richer, more accurate information about their health status. This optical sensor is built into the device, and allows blood pressure to be directly measured by the smartphone without any external hardware.
The South Korean tech giant said the aim of the study is to optimise My BP Lab to provide contextualised and scientifically informed feedback, so users will be able to gain a better understanding of their stress and blood pressure levels and manage their health more effectively. Additionally, the study further improves the accuracy of the blood pressure readings, by gathering data from thousands of users in real-world settings.
My BP Lab will be available to download from the Google Play Store on March 15. The program is available for users in the United States who are eighteen years of age or older.