Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Withings today unveiled a stylish new fitness tracker, the Activité, which bundles activity tracking capabilities into a traditional-style watch. Unlike smart watch and fitness band offerings from companies like Samsung, Pebble, Nike, and more, the new Activité features a round, analog watch face protected by sapphire glass and attached to a leather band.

    Inside, the watch includes sensors that track steps taken and sleep quality, also helping users to calculate calories burned. An included secondary dial tracks a user defined metric, such as distance walked or calories burned. The Activité wirelessly connects to the accompanying Withings Health Mate app using Bluetooth LE.

    In an interview with WIRED, Withings chief marketing officer Julien De Preaumont said the company's mission with the Activité was to have an impact on health with a design people like.
    Because of its simple design and its limited tracking abilities, the Activité is powered by a traditional watch battery with a charge that lasts up to a year, a far more impressive battery life than many of its competitors.

    Withings has an existing fitness tracker, the Pulse 02, along with several other health and fitness related products, including its line of smart scales, a baby monitor, a blood pressure monitor, and an upcoming sleep tracking system, the Aura.

    Available in two separate color varieties, black and silver, the Withings Activité will ship this fall for $390.

    Article Link: Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design
  2. macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
  3. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Pretty watch but I wouldn't work out with it!
  4. macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2006
    The Netherlands
    CONs: Too expensive. Leather.

    $390??? A ridiculous price for an activity tracker! Also, the more morally elevated users don't like to wear leather. What have you to say on this, Withings?
  5. macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2011
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    If there wasn't a rumour or two on the iWatch, I would probably buy this in the Fall.

    I can say however that I bought the Withings Smart Body Analyzer (weighing scales) last week, and I highly recommend it. Will be eventually even cooler with iOS 8 Health integration.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
  7. AngerDanger, Jun 23, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Oh, God, if you haven't seen it already, watch the video on their site. They out Apple'd Apple! :eek:
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2004
    $400 and no pulse monitoring.

    I am disappointed. I am probably not the target demographic but I am disappointed nonetheless. Why is this not a normal feature yet?
  9. macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2012
  10. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    It's a watch for people interested in bragging numbers and rights and not so much a fitness tracker.

    I hate these products. There seems to be more and more of them coming out. There are even apps coming out that are of a similar thought - Statistics logging over actual use.

    It's nice enough for people who just want a watch, and the tracking is just a small plus.

    And no, this is absolutely no good for those that really benefit from a tracker, but it's not marketed towards that crowd to begin with.

    I expected better from Withings. But I also think these health trackers are getting to the point where companies focus too much on making everyone happy because they want EVERYONE to want to buy it.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2011
    I wonder how many cows have to be slaughtered to make just one watch band?
  12. macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    No... it's on a whole different level! Either loads of drugs, or the distilled blood of hipsters was used in the making of that video.
  13. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    As far as health tracking smart watches go, this seems pretty good to me.

    But I don't care, and I don't think many other people care, about tracking their health. I seriously doubt this is a killer feature that will move products. If it was, Apple would have focused more on the debut of HealthKit, but they didn't. They mentioned it briefly and moved on to other, more interesting things.

    It could be a world changing product if you get everyone wearing one, maybe - maybe it could provide all sorts of important data to doctors worldwide, detect cancer or other health problems in time to stop it, but I think you need features that are of more immediate use to people before they'll buy a product with long term uses like that.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    What do you mean they out Apple?
  16. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    Go look at their earlier marketing videos, extremely creepy and cringe worthy stuff.

    Also for Arn and co, is this a paid advertisement? I clicked on the link and it flashed to a redirect URL containing the word "partner". Seems odd when there was no mention of a financial relationship.
  17. macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2005
    Regina, SK, Canada
    Wearing leather...for working out? sleeping? :eek:

    Also...if this thing is $400...I'm expecting the iWatch at about $800 to $1200.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Nice. Much better than the nerdy fitness bands or Pebble watches. And they picked a simple, elegant watch design too.

    Note that it doesn't even have a winder button. Apparently it gets the time from the Internet via the Bluetooth-connected smartphone.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2009
    Wow that's very classy looking. It's a bit steep, but there are plenty of watches that price (as long as the quality corresponds). It doesn't scream FITNESS like most of the Utrecht offerings do!
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    All this covers is buss people as per their advertising, everyone else.... Wait for more Casual/ Rouget watch to come...
    How long does the battery last?


    Now if Casio can do similar in G-Shock for under 100. I'll be all over them.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Aug 28, 2013
    If you think they've out Apple'd Apple, then you don't get Apple.
  22. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Only if you don't really intend to do much fitness. Very impractical except maybe to measure steps to the office Keurig machine and back. Of course the aerobic value of that is nill.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    Where is it? I can't find the video from my phone.
  24. AngerDanger, Jun 23, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Please, don't tell me whether or not I "get" Apple. You've already broken Apple Club's first rule: don't use the word Apple three times in a single sentence. :cool:

    Psssst, I was attempting to invoke the caricature of Apple that exists in most peoples' minds which, when taken to its logical extreme, would look a hell of a lot like this company.

    I couldn't find it on my iProduct; you'll have to view it from a desktop browser.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2010
    Inside my head.
    Morally elevated? What a load.

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