“The world of wearable tech has birthed a lot of wrist-worn devices with sleep trackers, with limited amounts of actual sensory input. Instead of joining the fray, Withings has opted for another direction at CES 2014: a smart device that lives near your bed.”
“In our minds, we had assumed that the lamp was very much a Philips Wake Up Light clone, but unlike that hardware, this unit doesn't even attempt to simulate daylight to help you get out of bed. Instead, when sending you to sleep, it pumps out a glowing orange - akin to a low summer sunset - designed to promote your melatonin, and a neon-blue is used to banish that same chemical in the morning.”
“Like plenty of other devices, the Aura collects and shares data with your smartphone, showing you how you slept and what helped or hindered you through the night. But the great-looking, vaguely sci-fi light on your bedside table will also play soothing music to help you fall asleep, and use light and sound to wake you up at the perfect time.”
“The Aura looks vaguely like a submarine’s periscope, but it lives on your nightstand, connects to a sensor pad that goes under your mattress, and provides super sophisticated sleep tracking along with intelligent wake up and sleep sequences to give you your best possible rest.”
“Withings, the company behind the Smart Activity Tracker and the Smart Body Analyzer is showing off its newest health monitoring device, the Aura Smart Sleep System. Aura, which consists of a bedside device with an ambient light, a sleep sensor, and an app, is designed to monitor and improve the sleeping experience.”
“If you’ve ever had trouble falling asleep, or you’ve felt crappy waking up, it might be worth your while to check out the Withings Aura, the new app-enabled sleep machine from the folks that brought you other fitness gadgets like the Wi-Fi Body Scale and the Pulse.”
“But the big change was that some of the most interesting trackers measured not activity, but inactivity, logging how well you're sleeping and attempting to help you get some rest. Withings announced the Aura Smart Sleep System, which includes a gadget for your bedside table that records temperature, light level, and air quality, along with a mat you place under your mattress that registers your breathing cycles, heart rate, and how much you toss and turn.”
“The company Withings, however, has always been slightly different – with more of a consumer healthcare focus. Through the years the company has emerged as a standout in terms of products that extend the reach of typical health data capture with elegance and simplicity. Many are already familiar with the Withings scales, the Pulse activity tracker or the Withings blood pressure cuff and this year they’ve expanded on these solutions with a new sleep monitoring device called Aura.”
“No one likes their morning wake up call, but with their latest innovation, Withings is hoping to make yours a bit more pleasant. The Withings Aura, the latest development from the maker of the clip-on Pulse activity tracker, looks to science for the best timing, sound and lighting for your morning wake up.”
“The ultimate sleep machine: With garbage trucks just outside my window, clanking steam pipes, and nonadjustable sauna-level heat, my bedroom isn’t exactly conducive to peaceful sleep. That's where the Withings Aura sleep system comes in. It contains a thin pad that fits under a mattress to measure stats like movement and breathing, while a deskside component processes noise levels, room temperature, and light. After computing all this data, the device then produces different sounds and LED lights to help you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning.”
“Case in point that sensors are now shaping behavior? The Aura, by Withings, is an alarm clock that uses a combination of blue and orange LEDs to hack your circadian rhythm normally set by the sun, waking you and lulling you to sleep. A sensor in your bed tracks your sleep activity, so the system wakes you at just the right moment.”
“First, its industrial design is stellar. The entire body is touch-sensitive, allowing easy snoozing when groggy. Its core LED--generally a eye-burning directional spotlight of color--is cleverly projected into an open air orb, diffusing the light while evoking the shape of the sun.”
"Forgoing the usual bracelet design, Withings' fitness tracker packs in the usual steps, distance and height climbed measurements, but also includes a pulse meter so you'll know exactly how tough that superset was (and can immediately share it on Twitter)."
"Best heart rate monitor to buy in 2014: At less than five centimetres long, the portable Pulse gives you a wide range of feedback on your daily activity – including distance travelled and calories burned – from the comfort of your pocket."
"So tiny, unobtrusive and packed to the nines with features and innovations, the Withings Pulse is a must-have tool for those living the active life... and those who really should."
"We can easily say that Pulse is the best consumer-level fitness tracking tool we’ve yet tested. It’s an unobtrusive accessory that looks great, and presents useful data in an easy and fun-to-access way. The heart rate sensor is a great addition, especially since it doesn’t bump the price to a higher level."
"At this point, there's no other connected activity tracker that offers quite the range of functionality in such a small, unobtrusive and inexpensive package."
"(...) this little device does more--and costs less--than the competition"
“It works really well. It factors in more data than just about any other fitness tracker, and displays it right on the screen or in easily navigable apps.”
“Withings Pulse is one of the best wireless pedometers to date”
"The Withings Pulse packs a lot into such a small body. It’s so easy to use, has a great battery life and has the unique features that make it the best fitness tracking device to buy right now."
"One of the most attractive and feature-rich activity trackers we've tested, and wrestles away our Editors' Choice from the Fitbit One."
“I’m addicted to the pulse sensor aspect of the device, and in tandem with the Withings Smart Body Analzyer, it really helps paint a more full picture of your overall personal health. The Pulse offers the best value for money of any fitness tracking device I’ve tried so far, and that’s saying a lot.”
"As you'd expect from Apple-endorsed scales, these work with beautifully designed simplicity."
"The Withings Smart Body Analyzer is our new Editors' Choice for Wi-Fi-enabled scales, and would make a solid addition to any connected, health-conscious home."
"A wifi-enabled bathroom scale might seem a little silly at first, but the Withings scale does much more than just measure your weight. The device can also track your standing heart rate and body mass index so you get a total picture of your health."
“I love it when hardware integrates with iOS devices, endowing them with new powers they never hoped to possess. The Withings WS-50 smart scale, paired with their very good iOS app, does just that."
"Laptop Editors' choice award: 4.5 stars. With the WS-50, Withings added some useful health measurements to its smart scales, including ambient air quality and your heart rate. Even better, its app lets you incorporate a lot of other data, from workouts to sleep patterns, giving you a much better picture of your overall health. All these attributes make this $149 smart scale worth more than the sum of its parts."
"The Smart Body Analyzer really takes things to the next level."
"I just received a scale, and it measures air quality. And uploads it to the internet. That's amazing!"
"Its construction looks like the type of scale Apple might make... an impressive piece of hardware."
"Easy setup and sleek look... a great way to keep track of all your health and fitness goals."
"This killer, next-generation Wi-Fi scale, is probably my favorite and the most compelling device of the lot."
"You don't even require a PC to set it up."
"Withings Blood Pressure Monitor A £120 iPad/iPhone accessory from chic Paris gadget-istes, Withings, this Blood Pressure Monitor must surely rank as the sexiest looking medical device of all time."
"Ideal for anyone with a personal interest in keeping an eye on their blood pressure, whether you have a heart condition - or are striving hard not to develop one."
"Following the success of their WIFI BodyScale and their Smart Blood Pressure Monitor, Withings is proud to announce the launch of the Smart Baby Monitor."
"Withings, the company best known for its connected scales, has just revealed the planet's first iPhone-connected blood pressure monitor, with an aim to make measuring vitals as easy as pie for iOS users. The idea is fairly simple: just plug the arm band into your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, dial up the gratis app and start the process."
"Smartphone applications let consumers take active role in treating illnesses."
"Maybe looking after your health doesn’t count as wacky, nut it’s pretty wild that you can do it from your iOS device. This beautifully designed monitor kit comes with its own app, which graphs your history of BP measurements and alerts you to high or low pressure readings."
"Withings' blood pressure cuff for iOS devices gained FDA approval, allowing the device to take measurements and send them to a smartphone or tablet that synchronizes with electronic medical record systems."
"The organization is now authorized to regulate health-related mobile apps and programs like Mobisante's mobile ultrasound and Withings smartphone-based blood pressure cuff."
"From the comfort of your own home, car, office and pretty much anywhere else you can think of, you can get an accurate blood pressure reading at anytime. This is one device that is totally useful and has even inspired us to live healthier."
"A new blood pressure cuff compatible with Apple products allows users to measure and monitor their blood pressure using an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch."
"Maybe you’ve been eating too much fried chicken, or you’re just a neurotic health nut. Whatever the case may be, if blood pressure is important to you, there’s some iPhone dongleware for that."
"Dads are shunned when it comes to babysitting duty with 55% of mums unhappy at letting other people look after their tots. Some 10% use monitors to watch their child's minder, while 21% spy on partners, said a poll by baby product specialists Withings."
"When Kate and Wills' baby arrives, you can bet the tot will have the best of everything - like this crème-de-la-crème monitor."
“Moms have many things to keep track of in their lives, children being chief among them. Give your favorite mom the Withings Baby Monitor and she can use one of her favorite things--her iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch--to keep an eye on her most important asset--her baby.”
"It has tons of features you wont find on a cheaper baby monitor and I cannot recommend it enough."
"On opening the box I could see straight away that they were aiming for the clean and minimal packageing scheme that is synonymous with Apple products which always makes me squeal with excitement, because let's face it - you know the compay cares and it’s a good indication of quality."
"This is - in my opinion - the very best of baby monitors. I can't shout enough about how wonderful it is to know that wherever you are, whatever the time, you can listen to and watch your baby sleeping peacfully and be reassured that should they make any noise, wiggle around, or get too hot, you'll know about it."
"The attention to detail is marvellous."
"Despite these great features, it’s still very easy to set up."
"It’s certainly got the desirability factor!"
"This one is especially easy to use - and looks good."
"Turn your iOS device into a fully equipped video baby monitor with speaker and night vision."
"You can see clearly what's going on in the dark"
"You just launch the app and you're connected and viewing the video feed in seconds."
“I love that I can put each child on the scale, see their name appear on the scale to give me assurance that their weight has been properly recorded and then turn on the app at a later time to see the readings show up on their weight charts.”
"3 of the best free apps: Withings Health Mate lets you store, access and manage weight, physical activity, heart and sleep data."
"The scales provide day-to-day feedback, while the accompanying Withings Health Mate app allows you to take control of your weight anywhere, anytime."
"I’m enjoying everything about the Wi-Fi Body Scale..."
"A clever and interesting way to track your weight loss (or gain) regimen."
"For those who like company while counting calories, the Wi-Fi Body Scale turns dieting into a family affair: it recognizes as many as eight users."
"We immediately noticed how easy this was going to be. There's nothing to it — you just step on the scale, stand there for about 15 seconds while the scale measures your weight and body fat, and step off [...] About a minute later, the data it collects appears on the password-protected Withings website"
"More often the object of dread than fascination, the humble bathroom scale has been given a makeover by Withings…"
"The Withings scale is great."
"Its dark metallic case and digital display make it look more like a distant cousin to the new Apple iPad than an object that should sit prominently on the floor beside the toilet."
"If you’re losing weight, why keep it to yourself? Now the whole world can know, automatically."
"The Connected Scale from Withings not only looks the part, somewhere between the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey and an iPhone, but it performs futuristic functions, too."
“It’d be great for people busting a gut at the gym who get no reward from traditional scales that tell you you’re heavier because you’ve gained muscle these show your body fat, so you get to see that number falling even if the total doesn’t..."