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Withings’ Newest Fitness Tracker is a Connected, Fancy Wristwatch

Withings Activate

Let’s be honest: most fitness trackers on the market clearly place function over form. They’re kind of ugly. But Withings is bucking the trend with a new product launched Monday that takes its fitness tracker and sticks it into a conventionally styled analog watch. No, the Withings Activité is not a “smartwatch,” but rather, a combination of two existing product categories: the quartz analog watch and the step-counter. At first glance, it looks like a fairly standard, analog, white-faced wristwatch. But look closer at the dial, and you’ll notice a smaller, second dial, which counts the wearer’s progress towards a daily step goal. The device can also be programmed as an alarm clock, waking you up in the morning with a slight vibration. Inside the Activité, you’ll find an accelerometer and a Bluetooth chip.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.