French gadget manufacturer Archos - which proclaims itself as a pioneer in Android devices - today announced that it would showcase a series of new "connected objects" at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
The new products include a Smart Home Tablet (which is a pretty basic 7-inch slate with a 1024 x 600 pixels display, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, access to Google Play, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of expandable internal memory), a home camera, a weather station, an activity tracker, a blood pressure monitor, and a variety of affordable smartwatches. Some of the Archos smartwatches will cost less than $50, offering functionality and simplicity while featuring a “pebble-like design.”
According to Archos, its upcoming connected objects - including the cheap smartwatches - are using Bluetooth Low Energy, being compatible with Android and iOS devices. A new Connected Self App “will serve as the backbone application for all connected self devices.”
ARCHOS Unveils Complete Selection of Connected Objects during CES 2014
Industry’s most comprehensive ecosystem of connected devices for home and self on display at Central Hall Booth 9844
Denver – December 30, 2013 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, invites you to stay connected anywhere and everywhere with the industry’s most comprehensive selection of connected objects for home and self, including a weather station, home camera, activity tracker, blood pressure monitor, smartwatches and more.
Capitalising on the company’s extensive experience on mobile devices and Android, ARCHOS’ selection of well-designed connected objects offers an affordable solution aimed at enhancing connectivity at home and improving personal health and well-being.
ARCHOS connected objects are compatible with both Android and iOS platforms, provide real time information monitoring from anywhere and utilise Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity to ensure extended use without the need of recharging. Completely wireless and easy to pair, ARCHOS connected objects are miniaturised and styled to blend into your home environment.
“Mobile devices have become the center of our life and our demand for instant access to information creates the need for even more interconnectivity,” says Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “ARCHOS’ new lineup of connected objects exemplifies the ability to share and access information and represents our vision of creating a universe where all devices complement and work together.”
ARCHOS Connected Home
Accessing the ecosystem from anywhere in the world and from any iOS or Android platform, users can retrieve data or command actions using the ARCHOS Smart Home App or the custom-designed Smart Home Tablet – a unique gateway that combines Android with multiple connected objects. ARCHOS’ proprietary app and 7” home gateway give users the ability to customise actions based on different scenarios or triggers such as turning on the light and recording video as soon as a motion sensor is activated.
Archos' approach to this new solution is based on key principles such as sleek design and small accessories (the cam is the size of a pin pong ball), use of Bluetooth Low Energy for long lasting battery life, easy set-up of each connected objects and easy pairing with the Home Gateway and user’s phones or tablets.
ARCHOS’ ecosystem of Connected Home Objects, including a mini cam, motion ball, movement tag, weather tag and smart plug, adhere to the tenet that innovative solutions should be easy to use, unobtrusive and efficient.
ARCHOS will also unveil a Weather Station during CES 2014. The ARCHOS Weather Station provides both indoor and outdoor information including CO2 levels, humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure and environmental noise levels. Similar to the Smart Home App, a proprietary Weather Station app will showcase home and national weather information while recording, tracking and graphing all data for historic comparison and analysis.
ARCHOS Connected Self
The ARCHOS Connected Self App will serve as the backbone application for all connected self devices and will provide key metrics for quick health assessment, display graphs to track activity over time and enable up to 8 different users to set goals to increase motivation. ARCHOS’ selection of Connected Self products on display during CES 2014 include:
ARCHOS Connected Scale – this elegant scale recognises 4 difference users, measures body shape based on mass and height, tracks body fat mass to help users lose weight intelligently and is equipped with onboard memory to prevent data loss between synchronisations. ARCHOS Activity Tracker – this stylish activity tracker monitors daily footsteps, calories burned and automatically displays time when synchronised with a smartphone. Recharges using USB connector and is equipped with a battery life of up to 7 days. ARCHOS Blood Pressure Monitor – Easy and quick to use blood pressure monitor equipped with memory for over 40 different measurements also displays heart beat information. Comes with irregular heart beat detector and can filter data by time period (morning, day, night).
ARCHOS’ entire selection of connected objects will be on display during CES 2014 at Central Hall Booth 9844. ARCHOS will also be unveiling a selection of smartwatches starting at under $50. ARCHOS smartwatches embrace simplicity and function, feature a pebble-like design and will be compatible with both iOS and Android devices.