Chinese rising star will not wait a year more for the market of the connected watch. Pushed by the wave Apple Watch, the Chinese leader would already have a model to present. Remains to be seen when the announcement is scheduled.
All the big names of the mobility industry have embarked on bracelets and watches connected market. Some preferred to offer the first bracelet fitness trackers before you indulge in seconds. This is the case among others of HTC, Microsoft, but also of Xiaomi. The first mid Band was presented last summer and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies (the million mark was reached in three months). A few months later, Hugo Barra, the international Vice President of the manufacturer, announced that his group was indeed considering to watches. But it was still an “experiment”.
A speed of pulse wave sensor?
According to a publication on a Chinese blog, 36Krypton, the phase of experimentation (and buzz on social networks) would have been paid since a prototype would already exist. A round screen very wide, but the chassis would be fine enough. A brushed (certainly in stainless steel) metal shell. And one of the few technical elements revealed, the object would incorporate a speed of pulse wave sensor. The latter would serve to identify the user (speed that isn’t, logically, dependent on the heart rate). We are quite sceptical on this last point, for two reasons.
The first is that a single sensor is not enough to measure the speed of wave pulse, or VOP. To understand, what is the VOP: this is the speed at which the pulse wave spreads in the body. For example, if you measure your pulse on your wrist and on the side of your neck, you shouldn’t (in theory) feel each pulse at the same time, because the aorta and the wrist are not located at the same distance from the heart. Roughly, it is the difference between the time when the pulse is felt in both places that determines the VOP. There are therefore two sensors for this. Gold, the Watch has only one.
A more marked than others health orientation?
And even if she has two (thus placed on the same artery, which is not very successful), the VOP changes with time, which seems to make its inappropriate use for authentication purposes. On the other hand, this could very well be a way of complementary attack prevention (since the increase of the VOP is a symptom of some cardiovascular diseases). And this makes sense, crossed with another information: last year, Xiaomi has invested $ 25 million in the capital of iHealth, the American specialist of health devices connected. This watch could be a real health assistant, and the result of the partnership with iHealth…
Along with this watch, Xiaomi would also develop a successor to the mid Band, which would have a sensor NFC to complete a few built-in sensors. Release date and price will obviously not be disclosed. But if Xiaomi is so advanced in its development, the announcement should be scheduled no later than this summer (a year after the first mid Band). And its products should be, as all the catalogue Xiaomi, quite affordable.
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