Today at IFA in Berlin TCL has announced the MoveTime FamilyWatch. It keeps seniors connected, and comes with fall detection.
The Chinese-tech giant is best known for its range of televisions and smartphones. But just like so many others, it is looking to expand its presence in wearables. It is doing this by going after a relatively untapped part of the market.
MOVETIME Family Watch
Its product is a 41 x 48.5mm AMOLED touch display smartwatch with IP67 water-resistance that is meant for older folks. To this end the MoveTime Family Watch comes with some useful functionality. It offers 4G connectivity, hands-free two way calling, voice and text messages and the ability to share photos or emojis from the wrist.
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Beyond connectivity, there is basic fitness and sleep monitoring. This includes heart rate tracking.
Taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, MoveTime Family Watch also provides automatic fall detection. If it thinks you’ve taken a stumble it will send an alert to emergency contacts with the wearer’s location. The message is sent after 60 seconds and you can cancel it if necessary. Other useful functionality includes irregular, high and low heart rate alerts and reminders to take medication.
All of this is meant to provide a sense of safety and improve independence for seniors. The UI has large icons making everything easy to read, a bigger watch face and graphics specifically designed for older folks.
This is not TCL’s first smartwatch or fitness tracker. But we are yet to see something that has made a big impression outside of its home market.
The MoveTime Family Watch MT43A will be available in North America and Europe this fall. It will sell for €229 EUR in Dark Gray and Black, which works out to around $310.
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