Withings Smart Activity Tracker
The Withings Smart Activity Tracker sets itself apart from the competition by including a swipe-able touch screen and a heart rate monitor in a slender device weighing just 8 grams.
Withings is best known for bringing out the WiFi enabled Withings Body Scale. The Withings Smart Activity Tracker is a complementary device to the scale that tracks steps, distance, calories burned, sleep hours, and sleep quality.
The Withings Smart Activity Tracker differentiates from other fitness tracking devices, including the current generation of Fitbit devices (as of January 2013), by incorporating heart rate monitoring into the same sleek device. The Withings Smart Activity Tracker is a perfect complementary device to the Withings family of Wireless Weight Scales and Blood Pressure Monitor (both sold separately).
Not to be left behind the Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip, the Withings Smart Activity Tracker also uses Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Smart for wireless syncing in the background with a companion mobile app.
Talking of which, a relative shortcomings of the Withings Body Scale was that it came with a WiScale app that didn’t integrate with other activity tracking devices. To see your weight, sleep and calories burned metrics in a unified dashboard meant you had to find a third-party app, like MyFitnessPal, that integrated with both the Withings scale and your activity tracker of choice. Withings remedied the situation by releasing the Withings Health Mate app, which acts as a unified dashboard for the Withings Body Scale as well as other devices you connect to it, such as the Zeo for sleep tracking and BodyMedia for activity tracking. Fitbit was a puzzling absence from the list of devices you could add to the Withings Health Mate app. With the announcement of the Withings Smart Activity Tracker at CES 2013 the Fitbit’s exclusion became suddenly obvious: Withings is competing with Fitbit*.
The Withings Smart Activity Tracker will reportedly be supplied with a wristband, armband and belt clip.
Tracks: Heart rate, steps, distance, stairs climbed, calories burned, sleep hours, sleep quality
Release: March 2013
Website: Withings Smart Activity Tracker
Launch Price: TBD
Form Factor: Armband, Wristband, Clip
Display: OLED, with touchscreen swipe support
Sync: Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Smart
Color Variations: Black
Third-party Connectivity: Withings Smart Activity Tracker compatible apps
Buy It: Withings Store
- Touch-screen Swipe - use your finger to swipe between different metrics on the OLED screen
- Heart Rate Monitor - heart rate monitor in the same activity, sleep and calorie tracking device
- Light – weighs only 8 grams
- Flexible Form Factor- put it in your pocket or strap it to your wrist/arm with the supplied band
- Wireless Sync – no need for a computer, syncs with your smartphone in the background throughout the day