Withings’ newest hybrid smartwatch poses as a luxurious dive watch

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The ScanWatch Horizon is Withings’ newest hybrid smartwatch to mix a digital show with a conventional mechanical format. You purchase a Withings since you hate the look of typical health-focused wearables and abhor the bombardment of notifications that plague different smartwatches.

Withings says it took design inspiration for the 43mm ScanWatch Horizon from “luxurious dive watches” just like the Submariner or Seamaster — influences that may be seen within the reflection-free sapphire-glass casing with titanium end, a stainless-steel rotating bezel, and luminescent watch palms and indicators for visibility in low gentle. Its water resistance is simply rated at 10 ATM, nevertheless, making it ill-suited for deep dives. However it ought to be wonderful for swimming, browsing, snorkeling, and different water actions above 100 meters (330 toes). Dive watches from Rolex and Omega are usually waterproof at a depth of as much as 300 meters (980 toes).

As a health tracker, the ScanWatch Horizon can routinely acknowledge and observe greater than 30 actions, together with strolling, working, swimming, and biking. It’s fitted with Bluetooth to make use of your cellphone’s GPS to trace your routes, with a battery that may last as long as 30 days earlier than needing a recharge. Collected information is synced again to the Withings Well being Mate (iOS and Android) app in your cellphone, the place efficiency might be monitored or linked to Apple Well being, Google Match, Strava, and extra.

The watch comes slathered in sensors to measure coronary heart fee and blood oxygen to evaluate your estimated VO2 Max health degree. It might probably additionally immediate a wearer to file a 30-second “medical grade” ECG when it detects indicators of an irregular coronary heart rhythm. The ScanWatch Horizon additionally tracks sleep. And like the unique ScanWatch introduced final yr, the Horizon can detect and warn wearers of attainable issues that may point out sleep apnea, a situation the place respiration stops throughout sleep.

Notably, the ECG claims are holding up each the ScanWatch and ScanWatch Horizon from occurring sale within the US since FDA Clearance is required. Withings initially anticipated clearance in 2020, however these “uncommon instances” have created a delay, based on the corporate. Withings says that it’s in common contact with the FDA and now expects approval “inside weeks.” It already has regulatory approval in Europe, Australia, and the UK, for instance.

Bear in mind, as we stated in our science-based assessment of the Withings ScanWatch hybrid, docs don’t belief smartwatches alone to detect sleep apnea, and neither must you. And whereas blood oxygen is a vital metric to watch sufferers with COVID-19, wrist-worn sensors like this lack the accuracy of pulse oximeters that take measurements on a finger.

The ScanWatch Horizon is out there at present within the UK, France, and Germany for €499.95/£499.95. Withings says it ought to be accessible within the US someday in This autumn 2021, by which era it expects to have FDA Clearance.


Catarina is a software engineer with experience in iOS development. She studied Computer Science at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Her passion for teaching led her to teach iOS development workshops for kids and teenagers.