ASUS enters wearables market with launch of VivoWatch
Consumer technology stalwart ASUS has been a notable absentee from the growing wearables and fitness tracker market, but not any more! Yesterday the company has announced its first device in the fitness & wellness spaced called the VivoWatch, which will be available in May.
The VivoWatch’s simple design was created to be worn all day, every day and is made possible by its 10-day battery life, as well as a handy IP67 water-resistance rating. The device also uses ASUS’s exclusive VivoPulse tech to measure your heart rate on the go, which is done using optical sensor built into the watch case.
While the wearer is asleep at night, the VivoWatch also measures their total sleep time, heart rate, and amount of motion. In the morning, the wearer can see how long they slept the previous night and how much of it was Comfort Sleep. Wearers can use this sleep quality information as a guide to adjust their habits and get the rest they need to feel their best.
The device syncs with the accompanying ASUS HiVivo smartphone app and ASUS Healthcare, but we’ll have to wait and see whether it also plays nicely with the host of other apps and services people may use.
Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager, comments: “ASUS is committed to innovation and is always at the forefront of industry trends, allowing us to create products that shape the future and make it better. ASUS VivoWatch is our first exciting step into a world where users can access their fitness and wellness data at any time, and receive individually-tailored insights into healthier living. In the near future, we will provide even more solutions that will change users’ conception of what fitness and wellness products can do.”
ASUS VivoWatch will be available in the UK from May at Amazon.co.uk, Watchshop.com, Watches of Switzerland, and in selected Goldsmiths stores. The retail price is £119.99 and watch this space for a review in the coming months.