French consumer electronics company Archos, maker of Android devices and a company known for making affordable smartphones and tablets, is busy preparing for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January and is going to be introducing a lot of cool new wearable tech devices and interconnected home products. Archos gave a sneak peek at their new lineup of products in a massive press release.
Archos has upcoming products like an activity tracker, blood-pressure monitor, home camera, weather station, and smartwatch that they will promote at the CES. According to Archos CEO Loic Poirier in a written statement, consumers have a “demand for instant access to information” and a “need for even more interconnectivity.”
How does Archos plan to feed the need of consumers for greater interconnectivity?
Archos plans to meet the need of consumers for greater interconnectivity with their Connected Home System, powered by the use of a Smart Phone App. Archos will also have a 7″ Smart Home Tablet, a “home gateway.”
This will combine the operating system of the Android with connected objects, like a motion ball, minicam, movement tag, smart plug, and a weather tag. You will then be able to use your tablet and customize certain activities like turning on your TV, recording video based on a motion sensor and turning on a light.
Besides Smart Home, Archos will also showcase in Las Vegas products like the Blood Pressure Monitor (with memory for over 40 measurements), an Activity Tracker (to monitor calories burned and how many footsteps you walk each day), and the Connected Scale. The Connected Scale recognizes up to four different users and uses a mass and height index to measure one’s body shape based upon a person’s height and mass. It also tracks body fat mass, and even comes equipped with onboard memory.
Another great fitness tool that Archos is offering is their Connected Self app. Users will be able to display activity-tracking graphs, check key metrics, and it will allow up to eight people set fitness goals.
With the Weather Station, you can check out both outdoor and indoor levels of CO2, atmospheric pressure, environmental noise levels, the temperature and humidity, and a historical comparison with the weather of days in past years. Using a mobile app, you’ll be able to graph and record the data your track.
What’s more, Archos will be offering several choices of smartwatches for approximately $83 with a design similar to existing “Pebble” type of smartwatches.
The Archos wireless devices use Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, and like “pebble” smartwatches, will be compatible with both iOS and Android platforms.
Another product that Archos will be introducing is a small electronic pet tracker called the Archos Smart Tracker that pets can wear around their necks attached to their collars. Then, if your pet ever gets lost, you can locate it and pick it up, and make sure it safely gets back to your house.
These are just some of the Bluetooth LE-enabled devices that Archos will be debuting January 7 in Las Vegas at the CES 2014 tradeshow. Archos is seeking to make significant headway into the wearable tech market, and from this sneak peek, it looks like they introducing a lot of cool and useful gadgets to consumers in 2014.
Written by: Douglas Cobb