The Wyze Band is official and the $24 fitness monitoring band with Alexa built in has already gone on sale in the US.
It’s acquired a 0.95-inch AMOLED contact display has a 120 x 240 decision with a 282ppi pixel density, so it ought to look fairly punchy. It will also be customised to have shortcuts, widgets and watch faces.
It’s 5ATM waterproof (50m) though there’s no phrase on whether or not swim monitoring might be part of the combo.
There’s additionally a coronary heart price monitor too – however once more, we’re undecided what metrics are tracked, and the way they’re offered.
The Wyze Band additionally has a run monitoring mode – though there’s no GPS and it’s not clear how precisely this might be recorded. We assume from a paired smartphone, but it surely might be an estimation of distance from the accelerometer.
One of the options Wyze is shouting about is the flexibility to manage Wyze units from the wrist. That means if in case you have a bulb or digicam you possibly can flip them on and off straight from the wrist – utilizing shortcuts on the homescreen. Niche we really feel – however certain it can attraction to some.
For the uninitiated, Wyze has been churning out finances good house units since 2017, and has launched cameras, bulbs and door locks from as little as $37. The firm was based by former Amazon product individuals.
As you’d count on from an organization so near Amazon, there’s Alexa built in. However, we nonetheless don’t actually have particulars on what degree of integration there may be. It’s push to wake by holding the house button, and you’ll ask issues just like the climate, or set alarms and reminders. However, there doesn’t look to be a speaker inside, so Alexa can’t reply questions or reply to you with data. This could be very a lot alongside the strains of the Fitbit Versa 2.
Battery life seems nice, with 10-14 days promised. And that value is even higher – $24 is a steal.
The firm additionally launched a sensible scale – the Wyze Scale is a physique composition scale that may observe weight, physique fats, coronary heart price and different metrics. It works with Apple Health, Google Fit and even Fitbit, so you should utilize your weight knowledge with different (higher) providers. And it’s simply $19.99.
We’re ready for assessment items earlier than making any calls – but it surely’s arduous to argue with the worth right here. The worth of the size and the way it connects to different providers looks like a no brainer – however the fitness tracker is extra advanced.
It’s not simply acquired to show snug and reliable in phrases of accuracy – but additionally in how private knowledge is saved and offered. Between 2012 and 2018 scores of fitness trackers got here and went – why ought to somebody say $25 for a Wyze with no confirmed ecosystem when the Samsung Galaxy Fit e is simply $10 extra? Watch this area.
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