Zepp Health has blasted the Amazfit T-Rex 2 into space to demonstrate the rugged watch has out-of-this world toughness.
The wearable was made available this May. This is an outdoorsy timepiece which can withstand just about anything having snagged 15 different military test certifications.
Some differences over the original and Pro version of the same include a more high-res display, the latest generation Human BioTracker, a larger battery, more sports modes, new colour options and some other bits and pieces.
We reviewed the first generation of the watch last year and found it presents a viable alternative to the more pricey counterparts that come from Garmin. It retails for about half the price making this a solid option for those that do not want to pay an arm and a leg for an outdoorsy watch.
A space journey
To demonstrate the T-Rex 2 can take quite a beating the Zepp Health team travelled to the city of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. From there, they strapped the device to the outside of a lightweight, balloon equipped spacecraft. From the ground the “Sent Into Space” operating team had full control of the vehicle and access to tracking systems and the on-board camera.
The craft was launched into space for a journey that lasted about two and a half hours. It achieved a peak altitude of some 34.5 kilometres and a speed of over 180 miles per hour. As mentioned, the T-Rex was sitting on the outside of the craft so was exposed to all the outside elements. This includes air pressure of less than 0.2% of what we experience on ground and temperatures that dipped to minus 64 celsius!
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The T-Rex was set to track the space journey via its built-in dual-band positioning system and support for five satellite systems. The team on the ground could tap into some of these readings via Amazfit watches on their wrists.
Once safely on the ground, they retrieved the craft and Amazfit T-Rex 2. Then the team reviewed the complete route the watch had tracked via its GPS. They also confirmed that the device was undamaged, without a scratch, in perfect working order.
“There’s a lot of smartwatches on the market but there’s very few I’d be confident to take on one of our launches in Death Valley, or in the glaciers in Iceland, or on an aquatic recovery trip in the Pacific,” one of the spacecraft technicians said commenting on the space ride.
“I mean, this is a smartwatch that can go to space and come back working fine without a scratch.”
That’s definitely a unique way of demonstrating the device you created is a truly rugged watch! Check out the video below showing the highlights of the space journey.
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