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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 might get body composition monitor

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Seoul, June 27 (IANS) South Korean tech giant Samsung is likely to add a body composition monitor that could provide users with a better understanding of their overall health.

The sensor gauges the wearer’s body composition, including the proportion of body fat to muscle.

According to Max Weinbach, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will include a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) sensor, a feature commonly found on smart scales.

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BIA is a method to measure the composition, or the percentage of fat to muscle and other tissue, of the human body, Android Authority reported.

The sensor reads the impedance or disruption, of a low voltage current sent through the body.

BIA uses this data to estimate whether a wearer is too lean or obese as bone, muscle, fat, and other tissues have different electrical resistance qualities.

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Per Doylestown Health, current BIA sensors usually employ two electrodes positioned on a patient’s opposite hand and foot, the report said.

Samsung may get around this by asking the wearer to touch a part of the watch with their other hand, completing the circuit. A patent filed in 2019 (h/t Patently Apple) suggests that Samsung will likely employ this solution.

BIA readings on a wearable could be a valuable addition to those wanting to build muscle, monitor their general health, or burn fat. It would also sync effectively with other performance metrics, like VO2 Max.

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While the Galaxy Watch 3 wasn’t the most effective fitness tracking wearable, it seems that Samsung intends to improve this facet of its wearables.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Active on June 28.

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