French outfit Archos seems to be rethinking its strategy, with an emphasis on affordable wearable tech and home automation. The company has a good track record when it comes to Android tablets and this year it started venturing into the low-end mobile phone space, too.
Archos announced that it plans to show off a number of interesting products at the Consumer Electronics Show next week and we are rather surprised by the company’s focus on wearable gear and home automation. Since Archos is all about value, it plans to introduce a range of smart watches priced under $50. Naturally, for that sort of cash you will not get a Galaxy Gear equivalent, but these simple designs will work with iOS and Android devices. They are designed to be simple and cheap, like the Pebble smart watch.
As for home automation, Archos is taking a similar approach - cheap and cheerful. The Smart Home Tablet is described as a “gateway device” that combines the convenience of Android with multiple connected devices, ranging from cameras, movement tags, smart plugs to a proper weather station, capable of measuring CO2 levels, temperature, atmospheric pressure and humidity. Then there is the Archos Connected Scale that should help you track weight and body fat mass, the Activity Tracker measures daily footsteps and calories burned in the process.
If you don’t exactly have a healthy lifestyle Archos has you covered with its smart Blood Pressure Monitor. It can take 40 different measurements, display heart beat information and it has an irregular heartbeat detector.
Not bad Archos, not bad at all. Now please throw in some smart thermometers and LED lighting.