I tell you what we need right now. Another smartwatch. Oh yes. How about a watch made by … a car company? Hehehe… yeah. I’ll bet that’ll be really tacky and cheap.
I bet it’ll just be a bad design with the car logo wedged on. Hang on, I’ve got a photo of it here somewhere, let me just open it up…
Oh.. oh wait. Aactually, it’s rather beautiful. I like it.
This is the Nissan Nismo Concept Watch and it’ll connect you to your Nissan Nismo car. Apparently Nismo is the performance / tuning side of Nissan. Hmm.. I’ve never heard of them personally but they’ve sent us a picture of the Nissan Juke Nismo version too..
OK. I’ve been proved wrong on both counts. So, what we have here now is a very nice looking watch and a rather sporty vehicle. The watch itself lets you monitor how efficient your Nismo is, including average speed and your MPG. Connect via Bluetooth and you’ll instantly access telematics and performance data, but it’s not all about your car. The watch also lets you capture biometric data via a heart data monitor, plus it’ll track and rate your “social media performance” on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere via their “Social Speed” software.
The Nismo Watch will use a lithium battery and gets charged via micro-USB. Nissan reckon that you’ll get over seven days of use under normal usage conditions, which is very decent indeed. No pricing as yet, but you can bet it’ll be an extra if you buy the Nissan Juke Nismo. It’ll be available in black, white, plus black and red.
Simply put, this watch will look after you and let you keep in touch with your car. So, for the second time in less than a week, it’s a fantastic reason to post this image once more.
Oh go on, let’s have some Knight Rider action shall we? Oh, press release below!
Nissan Enters Wearable Technology Space with the Unveil of the Nismo Watch Concept
Nissan launches first smartwatch to connect car and driver performance
· First smartwatch concept to connect driver and car
· Nismo Watch showcases Nissan’s intent to deliver biometric data that enhances driver performance and efficiency
· Nissan is investigating heart and brain monitoring technologies for future wearable tech
Rolle, Switzerland, 9th September, 2013 – Nissan will become the first car manufacturer to create a smartwatch designed specifically for drivers of Nissan Nismo cars. The Nissan Nismo Concept Watch will be the first smartwatch to connect a driver to the car and will provide drivers with real-time biometric data.
The watch, unveiled today ahead of its display at the Frankfurt Motor Show (10th – 22nd September 2013), is Nissan’s first step into wearable technology and epitomises its ‘fan first’ approach to performance.
The Nissan Nismo Watch will allow drivers to:
− 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;
Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Communications General Manager, Nissan in Europe, commented: “Wearable technology is fast becoming the next big thing and we want to take advantage of this innovative technology to make our Nismo Brand more accessible. On track, Nissan uses the latest biometric training technologies to improve the performance of our Nissan Nismo Athletes and it is this technology we want to bring to our fans to enhance their driving experience and Nismo ownership.”
Earlier this year, Nissan launched the Nismo Lab – a bespoke, mobile laboratory that features the latest, advanced biometric training tools such as brainwave technology and JukeRide – a cutting-edge performance analysis tool, that captures live biometric and telematics data from the race cars and Nissan Nismo Athletes during races. Nismo’s vision is to take these digital age technologies and make them available to athletes from other disciplines and to Nissan owners through future wearable tech. Three key technologies have already identified for future development:
− ECG (Electrocardiogram) – to measure the intervals of the R-R rhythm of the heart, and identify early fatigue;
− EEG (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 levels;
The Nismo Watch will also track and rate the user’s social performance across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram via Nissan’s proprietary Social Speed software.
The sleek Nismo Watch will be available in three colours – black, white and the flagship black and red. The watch design was inspired by the Nismo ring and is reflected in a seamless, futuristic and ergonomic design. The simple user interface can be controlled by two buttons and is secured onto the driver’s wrist via a simple snap-fit mechanism.
Even the packaging will have a unique n Nismo identity.
Dunsmore concluded: “We have brought the Nismo experience to life in every aspect of the watch, including its packaging, which will be made using tyres and rubber from the racetrack. As Nismo is the performance arm of Nissan, we wanted a way of integrating Nismo’s heritage in racing into this futuristic innovation.”
The Nismo Watch will use a lithium battery and will be charged by micro-USB, with a battery life of over seven days under normal usage conditions.