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Withings introduces Activite smartwatch

Withings Activite

Activite combines a traditional clock face with an accelerometer

Withings has announced a brand new smartwatch that combines a traditional round clock face with an activity tracker. Known as the Withings Activite, it can monitor your steps, distance, calories burned, sleep patterns and can even be used to tracks lengths in the pool. 

The France-based company, best known for its Wi-Fi body scale, said the watch is “the perfect blend between French elegance and Swiss watch-making expertise”. Activite can also act as an “analogue coach that seamlessly blends your lifestyle with your wellbeing program”.

Withings Activite black

What this means in reality is that you’ll be able to use Activite with Withings’ Health Mate app on iOS to help keep track of your daily actitivy and set goals to improve your fitness. By using the app to create daily objectives, such as number of steps walked or sleeping for a set period of time, the watch will vibrate each time you hit your target.

Checking your progress is easy, too, thanks to the activity dial in the lower half of the watch which shows you how far off you are from completing your goal. The watch can also monitor your sleeping patterns to help maximise your recuperation efficiency and can wake you up with a small vibration.

Withings activitie

Despite looking like a traditional watch, Activite is actually connected to your smartphone and displays the exact time automatically according to Withings, negating the need for a winder button. You can also double tap the glass face to check the time if your alarm clock, and the watch will adjust itself instantly when you go abroad, saving you the hassle of working out timezone differences. It won’t need to be constantly recharged either like other smartwatches such as Samsung’s Gear Fit and Gear 2, as Withings has said Activite uses a CR2025 button cell that lasts a full year. 

Activite will come with two straps, one made from French calf leather for ordinary use and another made from plastic for sports. Available in black and white models, it will go on sale this autumn for $390. 

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