Nissan is the Latest to Jump onto the Smart Watch Bandwagon
We have said this before. It seems that everyone wants to make a smartwatch now. The latest to join the smartwatch party is also one of the unlikeliest, Nissan. The Japanese automotive company has just unveiled its Nismo Smartwatch Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
According to Nissan, the smartwatch "will be the first smartwatch to connect a driver to the car" and provide all sorts of telemetry and biometric data. In a nutshell, Nissan said that the watch will let drivers:
- Monitor the efficiency of their vehicle with average speed and fuel consumption readings
- Access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track
- Capture biometric data via a heart rate monitor
- Connect to the car using a smartphone app via Bluetooth Low Energy
- Receive tailored car messages from Nissan;
In addition, Nissan hopes to add three more key features in the future:
- Electrocardiogram – to measure the intervals of the R-R rhythm of the heart, and identify early fatigue
- Electroencephalogram Brainwave – to monitor the drivers’ levels of concentration and emotions, and help athletes to get ‘In The Zone’
- Skin Temperature – to record core body temperature and hydration level
Little has been revealed about the watch's specifications, such as screen size, resolution, etc. but Nissan says the watch will charge via Micro-USB and will offer over a week of operation.
This all sounds good and interesting, but we can't help but think it's a tad gimmicky too. Surely implementing these features into the car's entertainment or multimedia console will suffice?