Withings announced Pulse, the Fitness Tracker back as CES 2013. It is a competitor that will go up against the currently available likes of Fitbit, Nike Fuel Band, and Jawbone Up. Withings Pulse was to set launch at the end of March 2013 but it was pushed back. The time has finally come and the Pulse is now available for preorder. Customers can now go to Withings.com to place their pre-orders for the Pulse for only $99.95. The product pages indicates that if the Pulse is pre-ordered it would be set to ship out "within the next 30 days."

Pulse is a fitness tracker that helps monitor items like steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep duration, just to name a few; we've got the entire list for you at the bottom of this article. The heart rate function works by sliding your finger over the sensor that is located on the back of the Pulse device. The data is gathered and synced to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0. You can view your data on your Android device using a free Android application called Withings Health Mate. The application's Google Play page indicates that the version may vary by device but the website mentions that it will run properly on Android devices running Android 2.3.3 or higher.

Pulse has a built-in Lithium-ion polymer battery that be recharged via the micro USB port. It comes with a USB cable that you can use to charge on your laptop or desktop.The Withings Pulse has an average battery life of two weeks before having to recharge. It even has a power save mode that allows users to track their data for up to 24 additional hours when the battery is running low. While in power save mode the screen will be off so you will not be able to view the data. It is not until you sync or recharge the Pulse that you can view your data that was collected during power save mode.

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Withings brings the Pulse experience together via an online account. The account can be used for tips, set goals, view your work, and monitor all your data all at no cost with absolutely no limits. The online system is said to be updated to reflect the new Pulse information once the official launch begins. Currently the online account can be used to sync current Withings products like their wireless body scales.

So as the release of Withings Pulse draws near I recommend learning more about the device by going to Withings.com. The device is competitively priced so if you end up liking what you see you can head over to Withings Store to commit to a pre-order. Withings Health Mate is the application that works with your Android device. Withings has a great breakdown of their application on their website. You can download the Withings Health application through Google Play.

Pulse Tracks:
  • Steps taken
  • Elevation climbed actively
  • Distance traveled: based on user's profile for high precision
  • Calories burned: Pulse displays active calories App widget displays metabolic + total calories
  • Run: daily recap of duration and distance Instant heart rate
  • Sleep duration Sleep quality Light vs. deep sleep
  • Sleep interruptions
Specs for Withings Pulse:
  • Display: Large OLED screen 128 pixels x 32 pixels resolution
  • Touch screen for history browsing
  • Heart Rate sensor
In the Box:
  • Withings Pulse Clip: Silicone + metal
  • Sleep wristband Micro-USB to USB standard charging cable
  • Quick Installation Guide (FR/EN/DE/ES/IT)
  • Free Withings.com account to track your well-being: activity, sleep, weight and heart