Xiaomi’s first smartwatch comes with a plethora of features amongst which are a bunch of Firstbeat metrics currently not on any other devices. This includes advanced Sleep Detection, Sleep Analysis and Sleep Coach.
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The first Xiaomi-branded smartwatch goes on sale in China tomorrow. We have yet to hear on international availability but it is bound to come soon.
The timepiece is an Apple watch clone that comes with some decent specs under the hood. This includes support for eSIM cards, 4G LTE, NFC, GPS, heart rate and a few other fitness sensors. Everything is powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100, coupled with 1 GB RAM and 8GB storage.
On paper, this should be a fairly decent activity tracking device. In addition to fitness monitoring basics, the Chinese outfit has collaborated with Firstbeat to bring advanced lifestyle, workout and sleep insights.
Users will get info on Vo2Max, Fitness Age, Aerobic Training Effect, Recovery Time Advisor, Calories Burned, All Day Stress and Recovery and Body Resources. These are metrics which we’ve seen featured on other watches, such as those dished out by Garmin and Suunto. More interestingly, Xiaomi Mi Watch also comes with three never-before-seen Firstbeat features – Sleep Detection, Sleep Analysis and Sleep Coach.
Getting enough rest is important. Sleep protects both your mental and physical well-being and the quality of life and safety. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep tracking is nothing new but Firstbeat is looking to go beyond the basics. Sleep Detection takes into account movement data, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiration rate (derived from heartbeat data), and time of day to figure out when you went to bed, fell asleep and woke up. In the morning users will get info on REM, light and deep sleep stages along with minor awakenings.
Sleep Analysis takes Sleep Detection data to let you know how well you’ve recovered. It compares the duration and structure of your sleep to expert recommendations. Another factor that is taken into account is the measure of restorative quality, or restorative power. This is done by analyzing the heart rate variability, or put more simply the variations in intervals between your heartbeats.
User’s are provided with an overall score ranging from 0 to 100. The higher the score the better. You’ll also get an explanative account of contributing factors.
The final new metric is Sleep Coach. This takes all of the above info to provide insights on how to improve the quality of your sleep. All of this is based on personal stress, recovery and physical activity data. The goal is to create better routines that promote better nightly rest.
In a sense, all of this seems to be Firstbeat’s answer to Polar’s Sleep Plus Stages and Nightly Recharge. These originally debuted on Polar Ignite, and recently made their way to the Vantage series. Time will show how well the Firstbeat features work and how useful they are in the real world.
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