Apple is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson on a “Heartline”study, which will test the Apple Watch’s ability for detecting atrial fibrillation (AFib)—an early warning sign for strokes. Anyone 65 years of age of older may be able to get an Apple Watch Series 5 for just $US49 ($74), which is a huge discount from the normal $US400 ($608) price.
The study is looking to recruit 150,000 participants, half of whom will be eligible to buy an Apple Watch Series 5 for just $US49 ($74) from Best Buy. The study is also open to those who already own an Apple watch, and some participants may receive monetary compensation of up to $US150 ($228) simply for taking part in the research.
Here are the Heartline Study’s enrollment requirements:
Must be 65 or older; you do not need a prior AFib diagnosis to qualify.
Be a U.S. resident with original Medicare coverage.
Own an iPhone 6 or newer with iOS 12.2 or higher.
You can apply for the study here. Note that not everyone who applies will be selected to take part in the study. You’ll also need to wear your Apple Watch—if you’re required to use one as part of the study—“every day for the duration of the two-year, active phase of the study.” In total, you’ll spend three years helping out Apple and Johnson & Johnson with this research, but the time will fly by, especially if you’re already used to wearing a smartwatch every day.