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Withings takes on Jawbone and Misfit with new minimalist tracker

Withings has launched a new tracker at CES 2016 that pairs it directly against Jawbone UP Move and Misfit Flash. The French company’s latest innovation, called Withings Go, will automatically track activity and sleep. This is a lightweight tracker that very much resembles the Jawbone UP Move. It comes in five colours – black, blue, green, red and yellow.

The device features an E-Ink screen that shows activity, functions as a watch on demand, and Withings says is legible in bright sunlight and water. The E-Ink screen looks great and has the benefit of not draining the battery even though its on all the time. When you press on the center of the display it switches to a standard watch display. Click it again, and it goes back to a meter showing your daily activity.

The tracker can be worn three ways – on the wrist, the pocket, the belt or the shoe. The Go will always show how active you’ve been, and how far you are from your goal. It automatically recognizes activities and triggers sleep analysis when you go to bed. A user’s progress is displayed via 88 segments on the E-Ink display, with the middle icon switching from a stick person to a star once your daily goal is achieved.

Then, Go automatically syncs with the Withing’s Health Mate app to provide you with in-depth metrics on your activity and sleep. Within the app, your data is displayed with graphs and rankings for deeper insights.

The battery lasts an impressive 8 months. To recharge it, there is no wire just replace the button cell. Weather you are just wet or flooded, Go is always with you being water-resistant up to 50 meters.

Withings takes on Jawbone and Misfit with new minimalist tracker
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This is a relatively inexpensive device, compared to other products from the same company. If you are after a simple activity tracker and don’t want to spend to much on a watch, you can pre-order it now from the Withings website. It will hit shops in the first quarter of the year.

Withings takes on Jawbone and Misfit with new minimalist tracker
Image source: Withings

Withing also used CES to announce a Wi-Fi connected thermometer – the Withings Thermo.

With 16 infrared sensors, Thermo finds the hottest spot and provides a highly-accurate temperature reading in only 2 seconds.

A light touch on the temple is all it takes: Thermo delivers color-coded temperature feedback that is relevant to the user’s age profile, to help you easily understand the reading. And since there is no contact with earwax, saliva or any other body fluid, Thermo is a extremely sanitary way to take anyone’s temperature.

Cedric Hutchings, CEO of Withings, said: “We invented the first Wi-Fi connected health device, Withings’ smart scale, to enable users seamless access to their data to take control of their weight. Withings Thermo was designed to have a similar impact on the family’s health routine.”

The Withings Thermo goes also goes on sale in Q1 of 2016. For more information head over to the Withings website.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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