Withings Returns to the Digital Health Market with Steel HR Sport

Withings Steel HR Sport
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With the repurchase of Nokia on May 31, 2018, Withings has reappeared with a new look, increased focus on connected health, and the first new product under its original brand name. Today, Withings introduced its Steel HR Sport, a multisport hybrid smartwatch with heart rate monitoring, connected GPS tracking and fitness level analysis – an estimate of maximum oxygen intake during running workouts. With an unprecedented battery life of 25 days, the device complements the Withings networked healthcare device portfolio, which includes activity trackers, sphygmomanometers, smart scales, thermometers, and sleep monitoring systems.

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“With advanced sports and health tracking capabilities, Steel HR Sport is a perfect example of how Withings is implementing its mission to better control health,” said Withings president and co-founder Eric Carreel, who bought back the business he sold to Nokia Technologies in 2016. “The public response to Withings’s return is extraordinary, and it confirms my belief that smartly designed devices with sophisticated features can dramatically improve the health of individuals and society.”

Withings paved the way for future hybrid smart watches with the launch of Activité in 2014, the first analog watch with activity tracking. Steel HR Sport continues this tradition with a high-quality design and intelligent health tracking and sports functions.

Design

The sleek watch design is rounded off by 316L stainless steel and a 40mm case that is up to 50 meters (5ATM) waterproof. Available in the variants white and black, the watch is an eye-catcher in sports, but also in the office or when going out.

The Steel HR Sport analog dial displays both the time and percentage of the daily step target. Goals are set and managed in the Withings Health Mate app. The discreet OLED display shows important health and sports data such as daily steps, calories, distance and heart rate. At the touch of a button, the user navigates through the individual screens. The display also shows smartphone notifications, which automatically informs the wearer of the watch with a gentle vibration about news.

From Yoga to Ice Hockey

Steel HR Sport enables multi-sport tracking for over 30 different activities, from yoga and volleyball to rowing, boxing, skiing and ice hockey. By pressing the clock button, the user selects the desired activity directly on the display of the clock and starts the training session. During training, Steel HR Sport continuously tracks and displays the heart rate and duration of the workout on the display. Then the user can see the workout intensity by a detailed breakdown of the heart rate zones and the calorie consumption depending on the selected activity.

Withings Steel HR Sport
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Companion day and night

With an industry-first 25-day battery life that can be extended for another 20 days while in Energy Saver mode, Steel HR Sport is able to track fitness, activity and sleep patterns around the clock.

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Steel HR Sport is a state-of-the-art sleep tracker that records the length and quality of sleep and provides a sleep index in the Health Mate app. The sleep index is determined on the basis of sleep interruptions, light and deep sleep phases, the depth of sleep and the regularity of sleep. Steel HR Sport also has the Smart Wake-up feature: A gentle vibration alert wakes the user in the morning in a light sleep phase, when he is closest to the natural waking up. The app offers an eight-week coaching session with the Sleep Smarter program that provides recommendations for improving sleep patterns.

Price and Availability

Steel HR Sport will be available from September 18, 2018 for $ 199.95 at www.withings.com, Amazon, and select merchants. It is available with a white or black dial with a gray silicone strap. Additional replaceable bracelets can be purchased exclusively as well.