French electronics company Archos has been offering affordable tablets, media players, and other devices for a few years — and now the company’s getting ready to jump on the latest trends by offering low-cost alternatives to the Pebble smartwatch, Fitbit fitness tracker, and other wearable and connected home devices.
Archos plans to unveil what it calls “connected self” and “connected home” products at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
- Archos Smartwatch with a starting price of $50 and compatibility with iOS and ANdroid
- Archos Activity Tracker is a wearable wristband that monitors footsteps and calories burned and syncs with your phone.
- Archos Connected Scale measures weight, body fat, and recognizes up to 4 different users.
- Archos Blood Pressure Monitor can remember up to 40 measurements and can also alert you to irregular heart beats
- Archos Weather Station with indoor and outdoor information including temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and more
- Archos Smart Tracker keeps track of your pets… seriously.
You can control them with a Archos Smart Home Tablet or with other devices running the Archos Smart Home app. You can use the system to turn on the lights, start recording video when motion is detected, or perform other actions.
Archos is hardly the first company to get into the wearable, fitness, or connected home businesses… but with the promise of smartwatches selling for $50 and up at a time when rivals including Pebble and Samsung have models that sell for 3 to 6 times as much, Archos may be able to differentiate itself.
Hopefully it won’t have to cut too many corners in order to do so.
Update: In case you were wondering, it looks like Archos didn’t designed its new Connected Home and Connected Self products in-house. MiniMachines reports that most seem to be rebranded versions of products already available under the Transtek name.