December 31, 2013
New Archos Smartwatch To Feature Pebble-Like Design
April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
The new Archos products will work with both Google's Android and Apple's iOS mobile operating system using Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to smartphones and tablets, according to Apple Insider. The devices are "aimed at enhancing connectivity at home and improving personal health and well-being," the company said
One of the most exciting products is the "selection of smart watches" the company will unveil at CES 2014. The watches will start at under $82 USD and feature a "pebble-like design." The watches will be joined by a connected scale and blood pressure monitor, while daily footsteps and calories burned will be monitored by Archos Activity Tracker.
The smartwatches will work with the Archos Connected Self App for iOS, which the company said "will serve as the backbone application for all connected self devices." Users will use the app to view their quick health assessment, track their activity over time, and enable up to eight users to set goals and increase motivation.
TechCrunch said that the "pebble-like" was a " blatant shot across the bow of Pebble, the Kickstarter-backed hardware startup that began building smartwatches under that name this past year." Pebble is the leader in the smartwatch space, having sold some 300,000 units to date.
The "Connected Home" is a new ecosystem of products that will also be unveiled at CES 2014, including a mini camera, motion ball, movement tag, weather tag and smart plug. The camera will be the size of a ping-pong ball, according to the company. Like the watches, the camera will use Bluetooth Low Energy for long lasting battery life.
The Archos Smart Home App for iOS will control the devices. Archos also intends to release a dedicated, Android-powered, 7-inch "Smart Home Tablet" to bring these accessories together.
As the icing on the cake, Archos will also unveil the Archos Weather Station. The Weather Station will provide indoor and outdoor climate information, including CO2 levels, humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure, and environmental noise levels. A proprietary Weather Station app will be available for iOS to control the Weather Station.
"Mobile devices have become the center of our life and our demand for instant access to information creates the need for even more interconnectivity," said Loic Poirier, CEO of Archos. "Archos' new lineup of connected objects exemplifies the ability to share and access information and represents our vision of creating a universe where all devices complement and work together."