Archos Plans Connected Home Tech, Smart Watches

When it comes to tablets everyone is talking about the iPad. Or maybe even the Galaxy Tab or Microsoft Surface 2. But Archos, an Android device maker, is taking tablets to the next level by connecting them to home networks and more.

Collectively dubbed Archos connected objects, the new products work -- including the 7-inch Smart Home tablet --with both Android and iOS platforms to offer real-time information monitoring from anywhere. The devices use Bluetooth low energy connectivity.

EUMobile devices have become the center of our life and our demand for instant access to information creates the need for even more interconnectivity,EU said Loic Poirier, CEO of Archos. EUArchosEU new lineup of connected objects exemplifies the ability to share and access information and represents our vision of creating a universe where all devices complement and work together.EU

The Connected Home

The Archos Smart Home app and the Smart Home tablet offer a gateway that combines Android with multiple connected objects. The proprietary app and 7-inch home gateway make it possible for a user to customize actions based on different scenarios or triggers such as turning on a light and recording video as soon as a motion sensor is activated.

The Archos ecosystem of Connected Home Objects includes a mini cam, motion ball, movement tag, weather tag and smart plug. The company plans to unveil this system of products, along with a weather station, during the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas that runs from Jan. 7-10. Archos is also planning to unveiling a slew of sub-$100 smart watches at the show.

The Archos Weather Station provides both indoor and outdoor information including CO2 levels, humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure and environmental noise levels. Similar to the Smart Home app, the proprietary Weather Station app will showcase home and national weather information while recording, tracking and...

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