Maude Garrett and Greg Nibler, hosts of Digital Trends, talk smart wearables with Heikki Norta, Chief Digital Officer, President of Connected Devices and Digital Services, Amer Sports Corp (parent company of Suunto) and Matthew DeHamer, Staff Manager of IoT Product Marketing, Qualcomm.
Suunto is best known for their rugged outdoor tools. Having been in sports adventure since 1936, they invented the liquid filled compass and their mountaineering watches make it to Mount Everest the most. Now they’ve partnered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 to develop the Suunto 7 – the perfect hybrid for work and exercise.
Qualcomm’s vision was to work with a sports brand that could utilize the full potential of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform. Suunto was the first to design a smartwatch focused on a day in life of a casual athlete who lives in the city, relying on their smart watch to get through their day, and then exercises. An ideal partnership, this hybrid architecture makes full use of the application universe of a smartwatch with a main processor that then goes to sleep when the user is active. The lower co-processor then provides up to 12 hours of battery life, expanding GPS performance, plus constant heart rate monitoring. This technology is so powerful that 70 of the top fitness algorithms fit into this tiny processor.
The large face makes it readable while moving. In fact, Suunto’s 1936 compass had exactly the same display size. In this modern case, you can download maps to the watch, so it has to be big enough of a display to make the map meaningful. Designed for wear, it’s thin and light to fit under your sleeve, but not too thin that you have accidental key presses.
The Suunto 7 comes in five different colors and the metal parts are stainless steel with a silicon strap. The price is $499 US dollars and will begin shipping at the end of January 2020, but they’re already taking preorders at www.suunto.com. This integration of technologies can be used everywhere and showcases what Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 can do for products, including wearables.
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