Withings' Activité and Activité Pop are two of only a handful of activity trackers on the market that are entirely waterproof, and as of today, the two devices are able to be used to track swimming. Swim detection is a feature that Withings has long promised and will be a welcome addition for customers who bought the activity trackers to track their swim movements.
We appreciate your patience. We've heard your requests. And we're OVERJOYED to announce swim tracking is here. pic.twitter.com/Mok3wr1o8m — Withings (@Withings) July 7, 2015
Following today's firmware update, Activité fitness trackers will be able to automatically detect swim motions, recording a swimming session as a workout as the device does for other activities like running. Activity and workout information is then available for viewing within the accompanying Withings Health Mate app.
Activité Pop automatically recognizes swim. Just put it on, dive in and the watch will log your full session and record calories burned.
Both of the Withings activity trackers are water resistant down to 50 meters, or 164 feet, a feature that many of the popular activity trackers on the market cannot match.
Even Apple's own Apple Watch is not rated for swimming, but several people have opted to test the waterproofing of the device and have found that it does seem to be able to be used in the water with no consequence. Still, Apple does not recommend that it be used when swimming or showering, unlike the Activité, which can be used reliably in both situations.
Withings' Activité and Activité Pop can be purchased from the Withings website for $450 and $149.95, respectively.
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I'll be surprised if Apple do not waterproof their watch within the next 2 generations, they can easily steal the health tracking market they just need the waterproofing, 48+ hour battery (sleep tracking), multisport app and GPS built in.
Secondly, of course you don't wear the leather strap when you go swimming or to the gym. That's why the straps are interchangeable, and a damn sight cheaper than Apple's straps. You wear a silicone one for swimming. It says all this on their website should you bother to look.
The first part of your comment is true however do bear in mind that the watch is only $149 if you don't go for the expensive looking one, and why would you?
I can only imagine that this is because you have found a replacement. Otherwise it simply doesn't make sense to me unless you are not the sort of person to use wearable technology in the first place. If you don't have an alternative, why on earth would you just not use the one that you have bought?
I usually defend Apple when I post, and I agree Withings have been late on this update, but there is some misinformation here that I felt I had to correct. And it's a damn shame Apple with its bazillion dollars of cash is afraid of a few people claiming warranty on their watch because it broke while swimming. It seems perfectly waterproof and I would buy one easily if it did swimming tracking as well.