Nismo Watch: The Smartwatch For Petrol Heads

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch may be the most popular smartwatch in the tech industry at the moment but other brands are now catching up by making a smart wrist watch of their own. Today, Nissan announced its first step into the wearable tech market with the Nismo watch.

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch may be the most popular smartwatch in the tech industry at the moment but other brands are now catching up by making a smart wrist watch of their own. Today, Nissan announced its first step into the wearable tech market with the Nismo watch.

Designed to work with the company’s line of Nismo performance vehicles, the Nismo watch provides a mix of biometric data, car performance stats and social media to consumers.

The biometric data from the watch is sent real time and keeps tabs on the driver’s internals through a heart rate monitor, ideally to help increase performance and efficiency. On the car’s side, the Nismo watch collects data about the car’s average speed and fuel use as well as give the driver a heads up when it’s time to schedule car maintenance, road conditions or if the driver’s heart rate goes up too high.

The smartwatch connects to the car using a smartphone app and low-energy Bluetooth, which creates a flow of data between the vehicle and the device. The watch will be offered in three colours: black, white and the “flagship” black/red combo. There are two buttons on the device that controls the UI and it packs a lithium ion battery (rechargeable via a micro-USB port), which according to Nissan should last for more than 7 days with normal use.

Moreover, Nissan is integrating the Nismo watch with its Social speed software which tracks and rates how a user performs across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram; providing alerts for new messages and sending complementary messages to the driver.

According to Nissan, the company is currently investigating several physiological components that the watch and future versions of the watch will track including heart rhythms, driver brainwaves and skin temperature to name a few.

There’s no word on pricing and availability yet, but the watch will be available for test at the Frankfurt Motor Show from September 10-22.

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