Nokia unveils Withings connected health watch at CES 2017

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The Withings Steel HR (Photo from Withings.com)

Withings, which is now part of Nokia, has launched Withings Steel HR, a connected health watch with fully-featured activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, and smartphone notifications.

A fitness tracker and classic timepiece combined, the Steel HR allows features new tracking capabilities with automatic activity recognition for up to 10 new activities, including tennis, ping pong, squash, badminton, weightlifting, basketball, soccer, volleyball, dance, and boxing. 

When Steel HR detects a new activity, it asks the user what it was. The tracker will then learn the user's previously unrecognized activities and be able to automatically detect supported activities. 

Steel HR is also the first and only analog-style watch that offers heart rate monitoring, with a 25-day battery life, the longest of any heart rate tracker

The smart watch can automatically measure continuous heart rate during workouts, average heart rate during the day, and resting heart rate while sleeping, while also offering a digital screen that displays one’s overall health data and smartphone notifications.

Withings Steel HR is the recipient of a CES 2017 Innovation Award in the Biotech, Sports, and Fitness category.

"Beautiful, human-centric design and an incredible user experience are the key pillars upon which our products are built, and this year's launches at CES are no exception," said Cedric Hutchings, VP of Digital Health at Nokia. 

Aside from the Steel HR, Withings also launched other smart products, including the Kérastase Hair Coach, the world's first smart hairbrush offering consumers a data-driven way to take better care of their hair; and Home Plus, an upgrade to its home monitoring system and one of the first security cameras compatible with Apple HomeKit,

Hutchings said these products offer the same advanced sensors that deliver insight to the user to help them make better decisions - whether that's health and fitness or home monitoring.

The Kérastase Hair Coach, developed in collaboration with L'Oréal's Technology Incubator, is a recipient of this year's International CES Innovation Award. The product has an accompanying mobile app provides additional insights and modifications to how the hair is brushed that can help avoid hair damage and improve hair care routine. 

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