Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A new activity watch in town

Today, Withings, a French company, releases a new fitness tracker, and compared to existing sporty, silicone covered, clunky ones, this one, the Active, marvels in sleek elegance.

Only on second look it can be identified as a fitness tracker --- it has a smaller, secondary dial: over the course of a day, a hand ticks from 0 to 100, showing your progress from 0% to 100% (you can set your personal goals with the app). The Active appears analog, not digital, and it was made in Switzerland. However, the display masks an accelerometer instead of cogs, to track the wearer’s steps taken and hours slept. Settings provided by the user help calculate calories burned, and all of that data is streamed back to the Withings Health Mate app. 

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Not only is the Active elegant and can track your daily activity and nightly sleep, it is also water-proof and can be worn swimming.
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Price tag: US $390.
One can only hope it is hassle-free to set up and reliable. No word on this yet. Available in Fall 2014.

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