The Withings Pulse: what it does and why people are excited

Ignition sequence start! As we kick off the Withings Pulse‘s launch schedule – starting with the pre-orders on our website – we asked our community why they have been eager to get their hands on the Pulse. Some already have one of our famous Internet-connected scales or our Blood Pressure Monitor and they want to self track another aspect of their health, others are already into activity trackers but want to check out the Withings Pulse because of its features.

 

What does the Withings Pulse do?

The Withings Pulse is a smart tracker designed to monitor your activity 24/7, measure your heart rate and improve your health.

  • See how active you really are and compare it to the World Health Organization‘s “10,000 steps a day” recommendation to stay healthy.
  • Analyze your sleep (see how long you sleep, how long it takes you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up and the different deep and light sleep cycles). For this the Withings Pulse comes with a sleep wristband.
  • Measure your instant heart rate. Place you finger on the back and wait a few seconds. Ta-da! Discover your pulse!

 

 

How can such a small device change things big time?

Many who try to be more careful with their weight give up after some time. Most of the time this is due to a shortage of motivation. By sparing your motivation the Withings Pulse and the free Health Mate app will help you keep you good resolutions and care more for what you care for. The Pulse will show you that small changes in your daily habits – like walking to the grocery store or running that extra mile – can have big effects. Forget setting yourself unachievable targets. Let the Withings health tracking solution and ecosystem show you the way to healthy. The day you start tracking, and decide to stop guessing, you will benefit from accurate data and relevant insights to achieve the lifestyle change you’ve been longing for.

 

 

What can you learn from self health tracking ?

By comparing your activity, sleep and weight history, you will be more aware of how you body works. Use the Health Mate app to log you food too (thanks to MyFitnessPal). You will see how sleep impacts your weight (ex.: lack of sleep eases weight gain), how your afternoon coffee prevents you from falling asleep, how the quality of your sleep is improved when you exercise the previous day… Look at the in-app graphs: see the trends, see the peaks and troughs, see the correlations, see how long you REALLY slept ;) Our app will let you know where you’re at and what to do to be healthy, through relevant tips and reminders, directly on your smartphone or tablet.

 

 

How do I use the Withings Pulse?

1. Step one: collecting the data

The Pulse was designed to follow you through your day, and even through your nights. The goal is to have a clear image of your activity or lack of activity, but also to know if you sleep enough and the quality of those Zzzzs.

Take the Pulse with you at all times. Drop it in your pocket or in you bag. If you’re lightly dressed or don’t have pockets – no problem! – fit the Pulse in its silicone-metal clip and wear it anywhere you want.

At night, place the Pulse in the sleep wristband and launch the sleep analysis – you’ll wake up to a rich graph highlighting key sleep indicators inside the Health Mate app!

 

 


 

2. Step two: syncing with the Health Mate app

The Withings Pulse automatically syncs to your smartphone or tablet throughout the day. The data is then available in the dedicated web and mobile apps (iOS and Android). Your activity data is now searchable whenever and wherever you need it.

 

 

2. Step three: see the patterns

The free Withings Health Mate app takes those raw numbers and turns them into easy to read graphs showing trends. You can also visualize your day-to-day progress, which is great to stay motivated. With the Pulse and the Health Mate app you now have the right tools to understand how your body works, make good decisions accordingly and get healthy.

 

 

Why do people want the Withings Pulse?

Hi there… My wife and I are 41 + 50 respectively… and dedicated speed-walkers/runners… for health purposes.  We would love to get pulses to be the first to sport in Canada and to share with our friends.  We track all on Withings now and this and huge added bonus to monitor our well-being!  :) Take care.

Russ & Angela (Canada)

 

 

I’d like one to kick start my fitness again. I have a withings scale and find it great for tracking weight and fat mass. However an accident last year meant a broken rib and chipped neck vertebrae meaning my weight has ballooned and fitness is poor. I’m just starting out walking 3 miles a day to the train station and back for commuting and looking to start jogging with an aim to run the London Marathon next year, having completed it in 2010. This would be great for tracking my return to fitness and a great bonus to my life.

Andy Jones

 

 

I have been looking at body/fitness trackers for a while, and was super excited to see the Pulse!  I cant wait to try it!  The heart rate monitor makes it a standout with its competition!! I cant wait!

Valerie Sanchez (San Diego, CA, USA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would love a Pulse! The tracking really interests me. The Pulse would go well with the data I get from my Withings WiFi scale. A few months ago I decided to do something about my weight.  My BMI had just pushed me into the “Obese” range.  I found myself unable to keep up with my 6-year-old daughter, and this depressed me.  So, I decided to do something about it! I bought a Withings scale (not the latest one with the air quality monitor – it wasn’t available yet) and started changing my diet and my exercise routine.  I LOVE that I can see my weight go down on a graph, and my body fat percentage drop as well. I would LOVE to have a Pulse to track my steps, distance, sleep, and especially my heart rate when I work out. So, that is why I would love a Pulse!

Michael Wells

 

 

I’d like the Withings Pulse because I am ADDICTED to tracking fitness!! I love my Withings scale and love tracking my weight and fat percentage on it. I use Fitocracy to track my workouts and MyFitnessPal to track my food. I tried the Fitbit Flex but was not thrilled with it’s lack of of integration to other trackers. I love tracking but not spending my whole life tracking. That’s not healthy ;) The Withings pulse being integrated into the Withings app on my phone will make adding yet another layer of fitness tracking into my already obsessive tracking regimen super easy with no added hassle!

Gregg Keefer (Jacksonville, FL, USA)

 

I already have the WiFi scale and would love to try out the Pulse Tracker.  I am on my feet all day work and would love to see how much energy I actually use!  Thanks and keep up the good work!

Tom Mikl (Eustis, FL, USA)

 


I have used practically every brand of step tracker out there, and while they seem to get the job done, my Withings scale has been the absolute best product in my getting in shape arsenal. I can only imagine the care and quality you have put into the Withings Pulse product. I am highly anticipating the release of the Pulse, and can’t wait to hear more!

Matt Mueller

 

 

 

 

 

I have both a Withings Blood Pressure Monitor, and Smart Body Analyzer, I have used a FitBit, then a Jawbone UP, but would love to be able to keep all my health data in one place, I have already had a HUGE change in my lifestyle and weight in just the few short weeks with the Smart Body Analyzer (I am down 10 pounds on my way to my goal of losing 50 pounds). Prior to buying my Smart Body Analyzer I had decided to go for gastric bypass surgery, but after seeing a Smart Body Analyzer in action and the knowledge of the upcoming Pulse I decided to take control of my health and forego the surgery and lose it by using Withings products to keep me accountable. I truly get excited to weigh in every morning to see my progress.I can only imagine it getting better by adding a Pulse to the mix. Thanks for making such great products!

Jeremiah Owen

 

 

I would love a Pulse! I have recently gone from overweight mom to fit dance / bootcamp instructor! I love my job, but I also love setting a good example for the students at the studio! One of the things I’ve been trying to really highlight is that health is not just about the number on the scale, or how you look in clothes – it’s about weight, performance, nutrition and quality sleep. I’m amazed how some of our women will take the time out of their day to get a 1 hour workout, but when I talk to them about getting better sleep, they don’t think it’s a priority. The Pulse would be a great tool to show how all facets of health work together. Thanks!

Jen Thompson

 

 

 

Hey Withings-Team! I just wanted to thank you for your work. I think Withings is one of the few QS-Companies that give the possibility to export data wherever you want. I’d love to try out your new Pulse as well, because I expect the same quality as the scale already has. Hopefully you learned from the market and the pros and cons of the devices of your competitors and present a good product! As a customer you have the feeling that you listen to our needs – especially the support on Facebook sometimes is faster than you could expect. So go on with that good work in Europe! Best regards from Germany.

Thomas Hummel (Germany)

 

 

 

Hi ! I am 22 years girl, i am from Denmark and my BMI is over 32 :( . I bought your smart body analyzer so that i can follow my weight loss, and it is a big help. Now i just need something like Pulse, to measure my steps, my heart rate and so on, so I can see how much i can eat everyday to optimize my weight loss.

Another reason why i would like the pulse is because I sleep very bad, and often wake up a lot of times during the night, and with pulse I can see a bit what happens.
I am a student, during my bachelor and haven’t got a lot of money, but i would really like to have a Withings pulse. Greetings.
Birgitte Villadsen (Denmark)

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  • pakal.org

    Will it be integrated with Endomondo?

    I mean all collected data will be sent to endomondo as your Withing Scale does? (or Fitbit for Steps tracking?)

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Pakal! We’re looking into all potential integrations and can’t commit to any dates for the moment. Thank you for your patience.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Zdar! You will receive your Withings Pulse within 30 days from the pre-order (if you placed it on our website).

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi SvenH! Thank you for your interest! The Health Mate app is able to separate the data collected from the Withings Pulse and from RunKeeper so the calories won’t be counted twice.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Skycorgan! Thank you for your interest and kind words. Unfortunately the Withings Pulse does not have a silent alarm feature.

  • Anonymous

    It looks fantastic. Can I just confirm 2 matters …

    1. Will the data be synced from my iPhone to the website so that I can analyse it from my PC?

    2. Will I be able to export the data?

    Many thanks in advance … Richard

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Rjllane! Thank you for your interest! Yes, the Withings Pulse automatically syncs to your smartphone throughout the day. Each time, the data is wirelessly transmitted to your free secured Withings account, put into perspective and made available in the dedicated web and mobile apps (iOS and Android). This enriched data is now searchable whenever and wherever you need it.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for answering Q1.

    And Q2? Will I be able to export the data collected by the Pulse?

    … Richard

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Oops! ;) Sure. Yes you can export your data :) Connect to your Withings account on My.withings.com, then go into the “Share” menu. At the bottom, choose “Export my data”.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Rjllane! Thank you for your interest! ;) You can already pre-order your Withings Pulse from Amazon.com and have it delivered in Australia. And later this year it will be available in retail stores.

  • fx

    Do you plan on offering a bracelet/wristband for ACTIVE (daytime) use like the Fitbit Flex? Only issue keeping me from getting this.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. This must be a dream! When do I wake up and find out that it is not as perfect as it sounds AND that those outside the US can purchase it?

    Can’t wait to use it :-)

    Thanks Withings for answering all of my questions so quickly … Richard

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Fx! Thank you for your interest! :) As it is, the Withings Pulse comes with a sleep wristband. Of course if you feel like it you can wear it during the day too. Besides de wristband, the Pulse comes with a clip and a charging cable. Thank you for your understanding.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Richard! You’re welcome! Let us know how you like the Withings Pulse once you get your hands on one :)

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Willi! Thank you for your interest! ;) In a near future you will be able to enter/correct the data by hand. The Withings Pulse will track your exercice on your bike, and convert it into steps and calories. The Pulse syncs the calories you’ve burned with the free Health Mate app, and measures them against the number of calories eaten: log your meals in the free MyFitnessPal partner app, our Health Mate app brings home their caloric equivalents.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Gene! Thank you for your interest! :) No, the Withings Pulse is not meant to measures heart rate variability. You can use it to measure your resting heart rate and your instant heart rate. Thank you for your understanding.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Joseph! You can already pre-order it from Amazon, and skip the shipping charges. Or you can wait until the Withings Pulse hits the shelves in Apple retail stores, sometime in July. Thank you for your patience.

  • Joseph Corbin

    Brilliant thanks! I’ve bought and paid for mine through Amazon and no shipping charges…!

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Rick! The Withings Pulse is designed to count steps, whether you are walking or running, playing soccer or tennis… If you use your Withings Pulse during “non step” activities, it will count more or less steps depending on where you put it and if it is cycling or weight lifting, but the calculation won’t be as accurate.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Rick! The Withings Pulse will not track those activities with the same level of accuracy as it tracks walking and running. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Barry

    Hello, I brought my pulse yesterday and I really like it. I know you can force the pulse to sync, but why does it sync automatically every six hours? It would make sense to sync every hour or so. Do you plan to change the automated syncing?

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Barry! Thank you for your suggestion! ;) A firmware update will soon improve this. Your Withings Pulse will then sync with your smartphone when you launch the app. Thank you for your patience.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Frank! The Withings Pulse uses regular Bluetooth as well as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE – also known as Bluetooth 4.0). This means that the Pulse will work with all Bluetooth enabled devices, as long as they respect the following minimum configuration specs:

    - iPhone (3GS or higher)
    - iPad (all versions)
    - iPad mini
    - iPod touch (3rd generation or higher)

    - With iOS 5 or higher and Internet connectivity (cellular data or Wi-Fi).

    - Android 2.3.3 or higher smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth compatibility and Internet connectivity (cellular data or Wi-Fi)

    Note: the product installation is NOT possible from a computer.

  • SGT

    Hello, if I pre-order a pulse through Amazon today, about how long do you estimate it will be until they start shipping?

  • Anonymous

    Hello, I have read (on a review) that the Pulse includes an inactivity warning – if you don’t move for too long, it will send a message to your phone, which will beep. However, I coudn’t see any mention of this on your website. Could you confirm either way? Also, can a similar mechanism operate for an alarm? It seems like it would be easy for the device to detect when you were in light sleep, and then use the buzzer on your phone to wake you up.

    Thanks

  • Cee

    Is it mandatory that every person have their own Pulse, or can I share mine with family members?

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi SGT! Thank you for your interest! Maybe some time in July. Unfortunately we can’t know for sure. Thank you for your understanding.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi JB! Thank you for your suggestion! This is not the case for the moment but we’re always trying to improve our devices and apps ;)

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Cee! You can share your Withings Pulse with your family: either you remember who used it day by day (to be able to track “your days”), or you switch user profile in the Health Mate app, and then initiate a synchronization (by pressing the button 3s), and re-install the device (each Pulse can only be associated with one user at a time).

  • Frihet87

    Does the pulse check heart rate during sleep monitoring?
    The wristband has an opening that seems to be for the heart rate sensor, should I always have it aligned?

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Frihet! For the moment this is not a feature of the Withings Pulse. Stey tuned! ;)

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Mark! Sorry for the delayed answer. Please contact our Support Team. They will be happy to help you. http://withings.zendesk.com/anonymous_requests/new

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Roger! Thank you for your interest! You can join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/withings). Soon new features will also be added to our fre Health Mate mobile and web app. http://www.withings.com/en/app/healthmate

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Steve! The Withings Pulse is geared up with Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology but it is also compatible with the Bluetooth 2.0 or higher devices listed.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Lucio! Sorry to hear that. Please get in touch with our Support Team. They will be happy to help you solve this issue. http://withings.zendesk.com/anonymous_requests/new

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Great to hear Lucio! ;)

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Jim! The Withings Pulse is not able to specifically recognize cycling (it counts steps). The best is to wear it in a spot where it will move with each thrust on the pedal. Note that the measure won’t be as accurate as for walking or running. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Chris

    Hi, I’m wondering if the Pulse can keep track the heart rate while i’m wearing it when i am running with the wristband? Coz I want to keep track my heart rate during exercise, not only rest time. Thank you!

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Chris! Thank you for your interest! You can measure your instant heart rate with the Withings Pulse. You would have to stop from time to time to measure it by placing your finger on top of the LEDS. As it is, the Pulse does not measure continuous heart rate.

  • Chris

    Thank you for your response. :)

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Debbie! Sorry to hear that. Please get in touch with our Support Team. They will be happy to help you. http://withings.zendesk.com/anonymous_requests/new

  • Dick Morris

    From what you write could I then wear it on my shoe or tied to my ankle..????

    OK not brilliantly accurate but a possibility.?

    ALTERNATIVELY… and perhaps better..

    Can I take the calories burnt from another cycling app and add this figure to the calories burnt on the Withings step app to give me a better accurate total of calories burnt for ALL activities that day.??

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Dick! No, not quite. We advise you drop it in your pocket, or attach it somewhere close to your body. This are the best spots for the Pulse. As for your question about manually entering the calories burned, it is not a feature of the Withings Pulse. But thank you for your suggestion! :)

  • Dick Morris

    Thanks for quick reply…!
    I can understand your logic in the reply.
    Clearly the BEST way is that the Withings app will accept manually added calorie counts from a cycling app or even a rowing app.
    Easy to do, just a short alteration in the software code for the app.
    I look forwards to seeing this change, it will make a huge difference for many people.
    Thanks.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Duly noted :)

  • Dick Morris

    I read that someone wants to get there faster…
    Though I would prefer if Withings did this……
    See :- http://www.furtherfit.com

  • Anonymous

    Does it work with a bike yet?

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Drwxrxrx! It won’t be as accurate if you want to track your cycling activity. We recommend you use the RunKeeper partner app to track those sessions. As they are split in two different widgets inside the Health Mate app, you will be able to tell them apart. Also, in a near future you will be able to edit the activity tracked by your Pulse. Thank you for your patience.

  • Mark Backhouse

    Hi. This is rather a geeky question but how does the pulse know you’re in a car and hence not walking/running?

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Mark! The Withings Pulse tracks movement, and the moves it record when you walk are not the same as the ones recorded when you are sitting in a car. Hope this answers your question ;)

  • Mark Backhouse

    Thanks yes. I have a pulse (had it for about a week) and love it but just wondered how it didn’t log steps while I was driving :) My next question was going to be about cycling but i’ve read a few other posts that confirm its not so accurate with cycling so I’ll probably still wear it but use RunKeeper for logging the cycling activity.

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Hi Stephan! Thank you for choosing Withings! No that data is not accurate (we made the hole for potential future developments). As for your second question, activity trackers are usually more accurate when worn by the waistline (with attached with the belt clip, or dropped inside a pocket). And thank you for your suggestion! ;)

  • liztroof

    Will be very happy if they make an all day armband. I no longer trust the belt/pocket/bra clip since having my pulse slip out. Need something a bit more secure. I use my sleep band all day long although that’s bothersome with sweat and security. It would be great to have a watch band that it slips into. Love the pulse. its beautiful and great partner to the scale.

  • Kevin

    You mention playing soccer… that can be quite “rough and tumble”! What would be the most secure way to wear it? In the sleep wristband?

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    You could put it in the belt clip and attach it to your shorts/pants (the most secure way to do it is to clip it to your pocket, with the Withings Pulse on the inside of the pocket). You can also drop it in any pocket that can be closed (zip or buttons). We wouldn’t recommend the sleep wristband though.

  • Kevin

    I’ll put it to the test then. Pulse arrives today… I’m playing tennis after work and soccer after dinner!

  • http://blog.withings.com/ Withings

    Great! Let us know how it goes ;) Don’t hesitate to share your first impressions using the #TakeYourPulse official hashtag.

  • Kevin

    Very happy, this is a replacement for a Jawbone UP and the logical choice as I already have the scale & bp monitor. It’s great to be able to see all the data on the device, and even better to have everything in one app. The clip is much stronger than I had anticipated. It has surprisingly outperformed the UP band at soccer as that has come off a handful of times in collisions! Having a separate band for sleep is another plus point as it serves as a physical and visual reminder to track sleep and to switch off in the morning, not always easy to remember with a one-for-all wrist band.