Withings has announced the launch of the Pulse O2 activity tracker and a redesign of its companion app, Health Mate. The device will be selling at a price of Rs 9,999.
To promote long-term use and alleviate the inconvenience of single-purpose wearables, the Pulse O2 is designed to be worn a number of ways – whether it’s in a pocket, clipped to a user’s clothing, or worn on the wrist.
Cédric Hutchings, CEO & co-founder of Withings explains, “Activity trackers have become very popular among health conscious consumers, but we recognize a responsibility to design devices that are very accessible for a large population to use consistently over the long term. It’s the only way they can have a real impact on health.”
New automatic background synchronization via Bluetooth Low Energy and wake-up recognition also contribute to Pulse O2’s ease of use.
Like its predecessor, the Pulse O2 tracks users’ activity, sleep, and heart rate. The improved device tracks a second vital sign, blood oxygen level, via an optical lens and light on the back of the unit a first for the category of activity trackers.
Withings also released a major update to the Health Mate app. The app now provides ‘Healthy Reminders’ to help users adopt the right habits, Virtual Badges provide rewards, and Leaderboards add a competitive element to staying healthy. All items appear in real-time on a new Timeline view to maintain daily motivation.