|Founded||Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (June 2008 )|
|Headquarters||2 rue Maurice Hartmann, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France|
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Withings (pronounced "with-things") is a French consumer electronics company headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and Hong Kong, distributing products worldwide. Withings is known for design and innovation in connected health devices, such as the first Wi-Fi scale on the market (introduced in 2009), an FDA-cleared blood pressure monitor, a high-definition wireless security camera, a smart sleep system, and a line of automatic activity tracking watches. Having received numerous awards for its products and innovation, including CES awards, Withings was a flagship company of the French Tech community until it was purchased by Finnish company Nokia on 26 April 2016. The deal closed on 31 May, with Withings having been absorbed into Nokia Technologies' new Digital Health unit led by the former Withings CEO. The Withings brand continues to be used but will be retired in summer 2017 in favor of the Nokia brand.
- 1 History
- 2 Products
- 3 Awards
- 4 Research
- 5 Competitors
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Withings was founded in 2008 by two executives from the technology and telecom industry: Éric Carreel, co-founder of Inventel, and Cédric Hutchings. The company's first product was the connected body scale, which officially launched in June 2009.
In September 2010, Withings received its first venture capital funding - $3.8 million from Ventech - to fund the development of the company's next two products. In January 2011, Withings announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that its second product would be a blood pressure monitor that connects to the iPhone. It also announced it would produce a baby monitor for use with smartphones and other connected devices, which was made available to purchase across Europe in November 2011 and in the United States in February 2012.
At WebSummit in Dublin, 2015, the company announced a partnership with MyFitnessPal after a joint study between the two companies revealed that people who track their calories and weight are 7 times more likely to lose weight. The partnership combined Withings' Health Mate app with MyFitnessPal's nutrition data to let the users know whether they were exercising enough in relation to their diet.
In April 2016, Nokia announced it had struck a deal to acquire Withings and integrate it with the group's Nokia Technologies division. The deal closed on 31 May 2016. The CEO of Withings Cédric Hutchings, became the leader of the new Digital Health business of Nokia Technologies, the successor of Withings. At the time of the acquisition, the Withings brand was said to continue to exist, at least for the time being, however, as of the winter of 2016 the brand had already been transitioned from the original "Withings Inspire Health" to "Withings Part of Nokia".
On 23 December 2016 Withings products were pulled from the Apple Store for unclear reasons, allegedly, as an act of retaliation following the escalation of a patent dispute between Apple and Nokia.
On February 26th, 2017, it was announced that Withings is to be no more as a brand: its devices will be sold under the old Nokia brand, starting sometime in summer 2017.
WiFi Body Scale
The WiFi Body Scale measures both weight and fat mass and uploads the data to the company's site over Wi-Fi. The scale data can be accessed by Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices. It also connects to various Health 2.0 services such as Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault as well as diet and exercise sites such as DailyBurn. It received tech media coverage for its ability to tweet the user's weight loss.
Blood Pressure Monitor
First appearing in 2011, Blood Pressure Monitor was upgraded in March 2014 to a wireless version that connects through Bluetooth to both iOS and Android mobile devices. Approved by the FDA, Blood Pressure Monitor is configured for wireless use, allowing patients to chart their blood pressure readings at home. The monitor measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as heart rate.
Smart Baby Monitor
This flip-open camera unit included dual microphones, a speaker, temperature and humidity sensors, and a nightlight with custom colors. The camera was configured via Bluetooth to operate via Withings' iOS or Android app, and send live video via the user's Wi-Fi network. In addition to letting the user watch video from the camera, pan, tilt, zoom, and take pictures as needed, the apps also notified the user of changing data from the monitor's sensors. The user could activate a push-to-talk mode or play a lullaby.
This product was discontinued in 2016.
Smart Kid Scale
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in January, Withings unveiled the world's first Internet Connected Baby and Toddler Scale, which won a CES Innovations Award. The Smart Kid Scale features two weighing configurations: the first is for weighing infants with a removable baby basket, and the second is the toddler scale that emerges once the baby basket is removed. Parents can access their children's weight readings from any connected device.
Smart Body Analyzer & Wireless Scale
The Withings Smart Body Analyzer is a smart scale that not only measures weight, but also calculates body mass index and fat mass, registers heart rate and indoor air quality/air temperature, and provides weather reports. The scale can store data for up to eight profiles at a time, recognizing users based on their weight. Measurements can be shared by text, email or social networking sites, such as Twitter.
The scale received media attention when magician Penn Jillette, having lost nearly 120 pounds in four months to preserve his health, attributed his success to a strict regimen and the Withings smart scale. While in hospital, Jillette recruited his friends to use the scale, creating "a kind of cult to see who could lose the most weight the most quickly." Jillette also relied on the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor.
Pulse Ox (formerly Pulse O2)
The Pulse O2 started selling in summer 2013. The product was upgraded in 2014 to include additional features such as the pulse oximetry measurement (SPO2) and the wear-it-your-way form factor, and the name was changed to Ox.
The Pulse contains a pedometer, heart rate monitor and blood oxygen reader. It can connect to other Withings devices such as the Smart Body Analyzer smart scales and blood pressure monitor. The user's data is pulled from those devices and into the companion app. Information like the user's weight is then used to increase the accuracy of the Pulse calorie counter. When the Pulse is not at hand, activity can still be tracked through the companion app itself. The Pulse is the only such device that does reflexive measurement, so users do not need to clip their finger for the SPO2 measurement.
Withings Aura is a smart alarm clock with sensors, a color-changing light, a speaker and an under-mattress sleep monitor. It has sleep programs to help induce sleep. The Aura also plays specially-engineered wake-up light and sound programs to gently wake the user. Throughout the night, it uses a sensor placed under the mattress to detect when the user is in the lightest sleep phase so it can wake them up at the most appropriate time before the alarm goes off.
Withings Activité is an activity tracking watch with three models, ranging from stylish to sporty: Activité Sapphire (2014), Activité Steel (2015), and Activité Pop (2015). The watch has no buttons; instead, everything is controlled from the phone app, as the watch is compatible with both iPhone and Android. The watch automatically resets in new time zones. It can track the user's sleep, swimming, walking and running automatically. Sleep and activity are displayed on the app as graphs. The app offers competitions with friends, even with people who only have an iPhone and no fitness tracker. It also incorporates weight, heart rate, and body mass data from Withings’ wireless scales, like the Smart Body Analyzer. The app connects to MyFitnessPal for food tracking.
The Activité Steel is made of stainless steel with chrome hands and a silicone strap. The battery life of the Activité is up to eight months and the device is water resistant to 50 meters. The Activité Sapphire is Swiss-made, with scratch-proof domed sapphire glass, stainless steel and French calf leather. The Activité Pop is constructed from a PVD-coated metal, features mineral glass and has a silicone strap.
The Activité Steel has been described as "a solid, stylish smartwatch that is less expensive than other, less fashionable fitness trackers." One of the users of Activité is French president François Hollande.
This comprehensive home monitoring solution was first presented at CES in 2014.
The Home camera alerts the user to any motion or noise while out of the house. It also tracks the indoor air quality, notifying the user if dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds are detected. The camera can be used with the IFTTT app to create a number of recipes between connected services and the camera, such as turning it on when the user's phone is using geolocation or when the door is locked, or making it turn on the air purifier when bad air quality is detected. Parents can also use the Home as a baby monitor to report any motion or noise in a nursery, use two-way talk with their baby, or soothe the baby to sleep with music and an LED light sequence.
Withings Go (2016) is an activity tracker that can be clipped or hung on belts, or worn on the wrist with a silicone strap. It uses a replaceable battery that lasts eight months, is waterproof for swimming, and has an E Ink screen for always-on activity progress status (or, at a touch, the analog time). Using the free Withings Health Mate iOS or Android app that keeps tabs on activity levels, users can also specify a target activity goal. Goal progress will be displayed on the tracker using a prominent circular countdown. The E Ink display also serves as a touch-sensitive button, letting users switch between activity goals and the watch function.
Withings Thermo is a temporal artery thermometer which uses a 16-sensor array to deliver fast and accurate temperature readings. In a non-invasive manner, infrared sensors take 4,000 measurements within two seconds, while an algorithm corrects for biases, such as skin heat loss and the ambient temperature, to produce a reliable single temperature reading. The thermometer displays only the temperature, but additional data is stored, analyzed, and presented in the accompanying app. Its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allows smartphone users to log readings, along with other information such as symptoms and medication. The app stores profiles of several people and lasts on two batteries for about two years. Thermo won two 2016 CES Innovation Awards (Best in Fitness, Sport and Biotech, and Tech for a Better World).
Health Mate App
This personal health coach connects with either the Activité or Activité Pop via Bluetooth low energy. It also connects with Go, Pulse, scales and BPM. Once the watch syncs with the app, users can view their sleep metrics and activity, and set a vibrating alarm. The Health Mate app shows activity and sleep trends over time in graphs. The app also tracks weight, heart rate, blood pressure and more if the user enters the data or owns Withings’ smart scale or blood pressure monitor. Health Mate can be integrated with Apple Watch.
Within the Health Mate App, users can purchase Hy-Result, a protocol that helps users of home blood pressure monitors correctly interpret their results with personalized messages taking account of the user profile. Because blood pressure varies over time, Hy-Result takes three consecutive results, which can be shared with others.
Withings has received numerous awards for its products and innovations. They include the following:
- iF Design Award for the E-Ink tracker Go (January 2016) 
- Two Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards for the Thermo, in the categories "Fitness, Sport & Biotech" and "Tech for a Better World" (January 2016)
- Three awards for Activité and Home (January 2015) 
- Star of Design Observeur Award for Home (December 2014)
- Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Award for Aura (January 2014)
- Design Award from Futur en Seine for Pulse (June 2013)
- CES 2012 Innovation Award for Smart Baby and Toddler Scale
- Two CES 2011 Innovation Awards for Smart Baby Monitor, in the categories "Health and Wellness" and "Personal Electronics"
- CES Best of Show 2011 Finalist for Smart Baby Monitor, nominated by iLounge
- Etoile de l'Observeur design award for Smart Baby Monitor, provided by APCI (November 2010)
- It'Night award in the health category (May 2010)
Withings Health Institute is the company's research body, dedicated to accelerating the connected health revolution through a combination of in-house research and academic partnerships. Using real-time data, it tracks the extent to which key risk factors for heart disease are linked to lifestyle, such as sedentary behavior, overweight and obesity, and high blood pressure, and what steps can be taken to reduce risks. The Institute has published several research papers on various topics, and Withings products have been involved in numerous clinical trials.
Direct competitors include Fitbit, with a range of activity trackers and an online app that can exchange data with Withings; Misfit, specializing in wearable technology; Garmin, best known for its GPS products; Qardio, focusing on heart health monitoring products; iHealth Labs, with an iPhone-connectible blood pressure monitor; Blipcare, which produces weight scales and blood pressure monitors that are not Bluetooth-based, but WiFi-enabled; BodyTrace, with an Internet-connected scale which uses GSM rather than WiFi to connect to the Internet; and Luvion premium babyproducts, a Dutch company specialised in (connected) baby monitors. 
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