January 6, 2016 9:02am
Withings is a wellness company that uses technology to improve users’ health. The company has a wide variety of products designed to help with sleep, weight, health and home monitoring, as well as a line of smartwatches. Withings also provides a healthy ecosystem with apps and web services to combine the information gathered from its products.
At CES 2016, Withings announced, among other things, a simple fitness tracker called the Withings Go. The wearable fitness monitor uses simple functionality and an e-ink screen to get a reported eight month battery life, while tracking not only step activity, but also users’ sleep patterns. The device is rated as water resistant up to 50 metres, so you never really need to remove it.
The Go will be available with a variety of colourful wristbands and belt clips, so you can wear it wherever you go. The e-ink display means you can use the device in bright sunlight, and it won’t keep you up at night. The tracker also doubles as a watch, you can press on the face to switch between activity tracking and the watch face. Perhaps the only oddity in this product is that, like a traditional watch, you won’t be able to recharge the Withings Go, after eight months or so you will need to find a new button cell (watch battery) to get up and running again.
The Withings Go isn’t on sale just yet, but we will be sure to keep an eye out for the official launch. When it is released, the Go will sell for $70 USD, putting it near similar products from FitBit and Jawbone in price.