The Atlas Wristband has been tagged ‘The Ultimate Fitness Tracker’ by its makers! Atlas Wearables are based in Texas, and they set out with the goal to create a fitness tracker which out-classes all of its opponents.
The Design of Atlas is a little less than conventional, as you can see it has a module which slots about half way into the band. Although it looks a little awkward, this is a pretty decent way of bringing a larger screen to your wrist without an overly wide band.
The Atlas isn’t the best looking fitness tracker in the world and that also applies for comfort! It felt a bit rigid on my wrist, and the loop (which holds the strap in place) is chunkier than it needs to be, so I could feel it pressing on skin. The same day I tried the Atlas, I was trying out the Mio Fuse and Mio Alpha 2, and they are in a different league when it comes to comfort!
Atlas is a dedicated fitness tracker, so don’t expect smartwatch type features like email notifications or incoming calls. When it comes to workouts and fitness it offers plenty of features. It utilises aircraft grade sensors to map your body motion on the X-Y and Z axis. It’s smart enough to distinguish between different forms of exercise, as you can see I tried push ups, lateral raises and bicep curls, but the Atlas can identify a far greater variety of exercises than just these. It has the ability to learn about your more unusual exercises, such as rope climbs, and it recognises TRX routines.
Atlas has a built-in optical heart rate monitor to track your BPM and also heart recovery. I got a BPM reading faster than both the Mio bands, but as far as accuracy, I’m not convinced about optical wrist-worn HRMs. The same day that I tried the Atlas, I also tried the Mio Fuse, Mio Alpha 2, Basis Peak, Samsung Gear S, and they all gave me completely different readings. I know BPM varies due to many contributing factors, but the variation between all the different devices was well over the top!
Atlas works in freestyle mode and coach mode, it works as a standalone device, has a body weight input feature and works as a watch.
You will able to see your stats on Atlas’s 128×64 px OLED touch-screen display. It is powered by 2x 32-bit ARM M4 Processors and a 120mAh battery.
Atlas is water-resistant up to 50 meters. Swim tracking is something that many people want in a fitness tracker. We’ve recently heard that the Jawbone UP3 isn’t suitable for swimming after all the hype that it would be, much to the disappointment of many fans.
As you can see by the image below, Atlas lives up to its waterproofing claims, as it peacefully dwells at the depths of a goldfish bowl. It will count your strokes, identify your stroke type, tell you which muscle groups are being strengthened from your swimming sessions, and analyze your endurance.
As the Atlas is a dedicated fitness wearable, the Battery life is reflective of your workouts. Its 120mAh battery will last for at least 7 full workout sessions, and is charged via Micro-USB.
Atlas is compatible with iOS and Android, and syncs to your smartphone via Bluetooth LE. It has an open API so developers can create their own applications. It’s also compatible with popular third-party fitness apps, such as Fitocracy, Lose It and MapMyFitness.
The Atlas fitness tracker comes in either black and yellow, or black and green. It’s available to pre-order now for $249. When can you get one? In the words of its makers ” Atlas will go live to the world at the end of June!”
According to Atlas Wearables, most of the fitness trackers on the market are just ‘Glorified Pedometers!’ Their’s is certainly more than that, it brings all the usual features such as calories, steps, distance and a shed load more! Does it live up to the slogan ‘The Ultimate Fitness Tracker’? We haven’t spent enough time with it to conclude that, but we will, so check back to find out!