Withings has released a high-tech wearable device with an analog design.
Most, if not all, the fitness trackers or smartwatches available in the market right now typically come in a very sporty and modern design, with digital displays.
In reply, French electronics company Withings has developed a fitness tracker that looks like a classic, analog wrist watch, complete with leather straps.
The Withings Activité is a Swiss-made watch with an analog display and a smaller secondary dial. It has a Bluetooth chip and a built-in accelerometer that tracks the wearer’s steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, as well as the user’s sleep patterns. The small secondary dial has a hand that ticks from 0 to 100 to show the wearer’s progress for the day. The watch is made of stainless steel and the watchface is made of unbreakable sapphire glass with touchscreen capabilities. The wearer can gently tap the glass to switch modes.
The watch connects via Bluetooth to the wearer’s phone and works with the Withings’ Health Mate iOS app, which the wearers can use to program and manage their goals and activity plans, as well as track their progress, view their results, and share their performance. Wearers can also set up alarms via the app.
The elegant watch comes with a French calf leather strap, which can be interchanged with a plastic, waterproof one during sports activities or when swimming.
In a press release, CedricHutchings,CEOofWithings, said,
AtWithings,ourmissionistoinspirehealthandwiththeActivitéwehavecreatedauniversally appealing tracker that promotes the benefits of healthier lifestyles in a chicly design watch peopleareeagertowear. TheActivitéis forgedwith the quintessential “French Touch”-the art of mixing design and style, inspirations and eras, traditionsandinnovations to createa 21stcentury timepiece that connects us to the timeand universearoundusaswellasourbodiesnaturalrhythms.
The device is a step beyond the other fitness trackers that are sporty by default and serves as an inspiration to use emerging tech to breathe new life into classic designs.
The Withings Activité works with a CR2025 button cell that lasts for a year and comes in black and silver. The watch will be available in the fall for $390.