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Withings Smart Activity Tracker senses motion and your ticker

The new Withings Smart Activity Tracker is compact, light, and measures body movement and heart rate.

Brian Bennett

Brian Bennett

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Brian Bennett is a senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET. He reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from cordless and robot vacuum cleaners to fire pits, grills and coffee makers. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he rides longboards downhill in his free time.

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LAS VEGAS--It seems that many companies want in on the wearable fitness tracker craze, and Withings is no exception. Its new Smart Activity Tracker is a small, light, 8-gram device that records user activity, sleep, and even measures heart rate in real time.

About the size of a USB stick, the Smart Activity Tracker can handle all the typical pedometer duties such as logging the steps you take, stairs climbed, and calories burned. What sets this gadget apart, though, is its heart rate sensor located on back. Just place your finger tip in the right spot and the Tracker will sense how fast your ticker is beating.

The device can sync wirelessly to both iPhones and Android smartphones as well via Bluetooth. A dedicated Health Mate App app portrays relevant fitness data. Withings says the Smart Activity Tracker will ship by the end of Q1, but pricing hasn't been announced just yet.

Update (July 16, 2013): The name of this product has been changed to "Withings Pulse." A full review will be posting soon.

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