When it comes to the “connected health device” market, the leader has been Withings. The company started selling its first Wi-Fi connected scale back in 2010, and since then has added such devices as a baby scale and a blood pressure monitor to the product mix. Today the company announced that it has begun taking pre-orders for a new activity tracker named Pulse (US$99.95).
Pulse weighs just 8 grams and has a clip built onto the back that performs several functions. First, the clip provides a way to attach the Pulse to your pants, bra, or an included sleep wrist band. But put your finger on that clip and it turns into a pulse monitor.
As you’d expect, the device syncs to your iOS or Android smartphone a number of times throughout the day, and the information is viewable in the Withings Health Mate app that many people are already familiar with. Withings has also built up partnerships with over one hundred other health and fitness apps, so the information can be shared with those applications as well.
Pulse displays not only your pulse rate, but also the number of steps you take (similar to Fitbit and other devices), elevation gain, estimated distance you’ve walked, and calories burned. If you’re running or walking, Pulse displays how many minutes you’ve been active and how far you’ve gone.
Pulse has an estimated two week battery life, and also features a touch screen that you can swipe to view two weeks worth of fitness data. The device is expected to ship within the next 30 days, and we’ll have a full TUAW review soon.
Withings taking pre-orders for new Pulse activity tracker originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.