In recent months, it has become apparent that Nokia (News - Alert) will be a force to be reckoned with in 2017. The company, which is still primarily known by millions as the maker of practically indestructible phones, has been making headlines lately as it pushes toward next generation communications. For instance, Nokia has recently dabbled in virtual reality (VR) and proclaimed that it will be making moves in the smartphone market. As if the news that Nokia is teaming up with HMD to make Android (News - Alert) phones isn’t exciting enough, the company has now jumped full-on into the wearables market.
That’s right—Nokia unveiled its new Withings connected health watch at CES (News - Alert) 2017. Withings, which is now part of Nokia, has launched its Withings Steel HR. The wearable is a connected health watch with fully-featured activity tracking, heart rate monitoring and smartphone notifications.
Think of it as an advanced Fitbit—it’s a fitness tracker and watch combined. What sets the Steel HR apart is that it features new tracking capabilities with automatic tracking recognition for 10 new activities, including tennis, ping pong, squash, badminton, weightlifting, basketball, soccer, volleyball, dance and boxing.
Essentially, the watch learns as it goes. So, if it detects a new activity that doesn’t fit with one of the supported ones listed above, it’ll ask the wearer what that new activity was. It will then learn the user’s previously unrecognized activities and remember them for the future. With Withing’s smartwatch that is actually “smart” enough to learn, users can easily go from playing volleyball to channeling their inner Forrest Gump while playing ping pong, all without having to worry if their watch is staying up to speed with their activities.
Another feature that sets the Steel HR apart is that it’s a classic analog watch, which is unusual for a smartwatch. As of now, it is the only analog-style watch that offers heart rate monitoring, with a 25-day battery life, making it the longest lasting heart rate tracker out there. Heart rate is monitored continuously during workouts, during the day and while sleeping, ensuring that wearers get a clear picture of their health. Additionally, a digital screen can be accessed which shows wearers their overall health data along with any smartphone notifications.
Nokia is proud of this new release, with Cedric Hutchings, VP of Digital Health at Nokia, saying, "Beautiful, human-centric design and an incredible user experience are the key pillars upon which our products are built, and this year's launches at CES are no exception.”
It seems like each week brings a new surprise from Nokia. What does the tech giant have in store for us next?
Edited by Maurice Nagle