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First look: iOS-connected smart watches, health trackers, home automation from Archos

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Archos is hitting the wearable devices market hard in 2014, with a new range of products showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show capable of connecting to Apple's iOS mobile platform via Bluetooth Low Energy.

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A total of three new smart watch models from Archos were showcased to AppleInsider on Wednesday in Las Vegas., Nev. All three products are based on the same basic technology, but will offer different capabilities in terms of battery life and screen technology.

The cheapest model will sell for $50 and will feature a black-and-white display much like the Pebble watch. This low-tech display will allow the device to sport a lengthy 1.5-week-long battery life on a single charge, the company claims.

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A second model will be available for $100 featuring a color LCD touchscreen. This more power-intensive display will offer one to two days of battery life on a charge.

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Finally, the high-end Archos smart watch will sell for $129, and will feature an e-ink curved display. This top-of-the-line iOS accessory will also sport an advertised battery life of 1.5 weeks.

Archos representatives said they see the growing smart watch market as a place where users want to extend their smartphone screen. The accessories will display time, customizable iPhone notifications, media control and more.

But Archos isn't stopping at the wrist when it comes to wearable devices. The company also has an iPhone-compatible pedometer, a blood pressure monitor, and a connected scale all coming this year.

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All three accessories will connect to the same application which will be available on the iOS App Store. And the devices will also remember recorded stats until they are synced, so no data is lost if a user's iPhone isn't near by.

Like other, existing pedometers, Archos's product will measure distance walked and calories burned, and it will sell for $50. The scale will determine fat mass in addition to weight, and will be available for $50. The blood pressure monitor is set to have a price of $65.

Finally, Archos is looking to bring the whole package together with system of connected/automated home devices that interface with both iOS and the company's proprietary Android-based Smart Home Tablet.


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The setup is structured around connected sensors, like a motion sensor, indoor/outdoor camera, weather monitor and even a tracking tag that attaches to pets. The motion sensors, for example, can detect when a window or door is opened, or keep tabs on activities within the house.

As for home automation, the French company is planning a variety of plugs to allow users remote control access of lights and other appliances. These sets can be controlled via the iOS app, while more advanced functions require the dedicated Smart Home Tablet.
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The glut of iWatches products is reminiscent of the MP3 player market pre-iPod era. Must be nice for Apple to have all these guys on the field testing the viability of this new product category first. I can see Apple buying all these iWatches then have a group of designers and engineers doing an autopsy of each, to see what works and what does not work, to create a true killer product.
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Rather, tania, I see Apple hard at work over what seems not the obvious road, bringing out elegance so blindingly manifest, the media will be fain to rant that anyone can do that and Apple continues to lose its way.

When I find time to rewrite the laws of Physics, there'll Finally be some changes made round here!

I am not crazy! Three out of five court appointed psychiatrists said so.

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When I find time to rewrite the laws of Physics, there'll Finally be some changes made round here!

I am not crazy! Three out of five court appointed psychiatrists said so.

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I hate of these junk smart watches!

1. I want a smart watches where the display cover the entire from of the watch.

2. I need a compelling reason to buy one.

3. Make phone calls without needing my phone?
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The glut of iWatches products is reminiscent of the MP3 player market pre-iPod era. Must be nice for Apple to have all these guys on the field testing the viability of this new product category first. I can see Apple buying all these iWatches then have a group of designers and engineers doing an autopsy of each, to see what works and what does not work, to create a true killer product.

If it were that easy Samsung would have copied Apples system and waited also.
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If Samsung did that autopsy it would be called copying. But Samsung went both HD and OLED.
Maybe Apple will do similar with their iSwatch.
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I think I will go with a Pebble still.
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I don't think talking to a watch will be in an Apple product--I mean, if you'd listen via a bluetooth earpiece, why speak into a watch? Listen via watch watch, you say? 1oyvey.gif

This space is still maturing, so I am still not sure of what "polish" Apple can bring to it yet--like they did with PCs, MP3 Players, and cell phones.

These Archos offerrings are pretty bad though.
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All these ugly watches; I can't believe Apple would bring out anything looking remotely like these or any others I've seen by Pebble, etc. As many other wise folks here have stated, wearing a watch is all about fashion, so if Apple is going to dare such a thing, it will need all the taste it can muster.
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