Activity trackers and connected health products are already proving to be thriving categories at CES 2016, and Withings added two new devices to the lineup with the Go and the Thermo.
If cute and stylish are anything to go by, these devices have both in spades. The Withings Go activity tracker is colorful and fun, with a unique e-ink display, and the Withings Thermo thermometer looks harmless and like an oversized marker, which makes it easier to use when you have a sick kid at home.
The Withings Go has a whimsical look for an activity tracker with its always-on e-ink multiscreen display that tracks steps, distance, running, swimming and sleep. It retails for $69.95. The low-power requirement of the display means that it can operate continuously for up to 8 months with no charging required, as it uses a button cell battery. It connects to the Withings Health Mate iOS and Android applications that act as a personal coach and also offers food logging capabilities due to a partnership with MyFitnessPal.
It can be worn in a band on the wrist, clipped on a belt, carried on a keychain or in a pocket. It will be available for retail sale in the first quarter of 2016.
For professionals who aren't impressed with the business style of smartwatches or traditional fitness trackers, the Withings Go could let them stick with a traditional watch—or no watch at all—while still getting the tracking data they want to stay on top of their health and fitness.
The Go is part of the Withings family of activity trackers that already includes the $149.95 Activité Pop, the $169.95 Activité Steel and the luxury Activité for $450.
The Withings Thermo is a smart thermometer with an LED screen that uses an infrared array to take your temperature. You simply point it at your temple. No more under-the-tongue, armpit or rectal insertion needed. Your kids will thank you.
The device uses colors to signify low or high temperature readings. It syncs with an app on your smartphone and can be used for the whole family, with each person's data stored separately. The collected data remains on the device for two years and can be shared with the family physician to look for health patterns. The Thermo will retail for $100 and will debut during the first quarter of 2016.
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