Today Withings, the leader in the connected health revolution, announced the launch of the Pulse O x activity tracker and a redesign of its companion app, Health Mate. The new device expands on the versatility of Withings’ original Pulse, adding a wristband accessory so users can wear it as a watch. The Pulse Ox also adds the ability to measure blood oxygen level in addition to heart rate, a first for the category. The updated Health Mate app now features real time coaching that turns the data from Withings devices into actionable advice.
Long term adoption To promote long term use and alleviate the inconvenience of single purpose wearable s 1, the Pulse O x 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 Ox’s ease of use.
Two vital signs Like its predecessor, the Pulse O x 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. Accurate blood oxygen readings can be critical for mountain climbers, athletes, and people with breathing problems like asthma and other COPD's. It’s also a way for anyone to quickly assess respiratory function.
Withings (withings.com) is the company that leads the connected health revolution. Founded by visionary innovators Cédric Hutchings and Eric Carreel, Withings create products and services that empower people to track their lifestyle and improve their everyday well being for a better long term health. Emotional, flawlessly designed and simple to use, they seamlessly introduce cutting edge innovation into people ’ s daily routine. Since 2009, Withings has built a range of products that covers the whole health spectrum including the Withings Pulse (activity tracker), the Smart Body Analyzer, the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and Withings Aura. Every piece of collected data comes to life into the Withings Health Mate application where users get coaching and motivation tools to shape every aspect of their health.
1 One third of wearable device owners stopped using them within six months; Endeavour Partners survey, September 2013
New Health Mate App Along with the introduction of Pulse Ox, Withings also released a major update to the Health Mate, the central user experience for all their products . The web and mobile application has been revamped to provide real time coaching toward the user’s health objectives. Smart Insights help point out users’ progress, Healthy Reminders help them 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. According to Hutchings,“People are done with raw graphics! They want some kind of interpretation and, most importantly, some realistic call to action".
Availability The Withings Pulse Ox is available today from select ed retail partners and onlline for £99.95