Garmin Skin (Wrist) Temperature – Coming Very Soon (with caveats)
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Garmin has been working on developing and extending a wrist temperature feature over the last few quarters. Originally I heard it was due to be released in April, which clearly has not happened, and then it was mysteriously pulled by some of the sources I have. However, with a new ELEVATE Gen 5 heart rate sensor obviously being added to the imminent Fenix 7 Pro and Epix 2 Pro it also seems obvious that these new watches will feature wrist temperature either at launch or soon after.
Originally I (incorrectly) assumed that this was a software-only feature, however, it isn’t. It will be available only to new watches that feature the Elevate 5 HR sensor package.
Smartwatches like Apple Watch Series 8 and Galaxy Watch5 already have temperature monitoring, the technology is still in its early stages and is mainly used for menstrual cycle tracking, sleep tracking, and general health tracking. Other wearables like Whoop and Oura also have similar temperature sensors and currently better sleep algorithms than Garmin.
While wrist temperature may seem like a useless piece of information, it plays a crucial role in various health monitoring features. For example, it is an essential input for accurate algorithms used in ovulation and cycle tracking, as well as for better-determining sleep stages and predicting the onset of illness. Therefore, it is not the temperature reading in and of itself that is significant, but rather how Garmin utilizes this information to improve its wellness features.
Example: When we fall asleep, our body temperature tends to decrease slightly, and during REM sleep, which is associated with dreaming, our body temperature regulation is less efficient. These temperature variations can be captured by wearable devices that incorporate temperature sensors.
As Garmin continues to develop its smartwatches, it is likely that wrist temperature monitoring will become a standard feature on mid- to high-end watches. For instance, any new Venu or Vivoactive models released this year will also incorporate this technology.
The inclusion of wrist temperature in the sleep stage algorithm will undoubtedly have a further impact on sleep tracking accuracy and readiness calculations.
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