BY GERRY MILES
One part Dick Tracy comic book wrist watch and another of the rumored iWatch from Apple, and another for motor sports, Nissan’s sports division – NISMO – debuted its concept watch at the recent Frankfurt Auto Show that connects the driver to the car.
This wearable technology is alleged to provide biometric data that helps driver performance and efficiency. While that sounds cool, I was wondering if a tried and true “heads up” display on the windshield wouldn’t be better since anyone driving a NISMO has the need for speed. If it’s not safe to glance at your radio or smartphone, what then of a similar time frame to check your biometric feedback on your wrist at a high rate of speed?
Nissan says the 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.”
Research at the NISMO performance lab has identified three key technologies have already been identified for future development and wearable technology:
- 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 colors – black, white and the flagship black and red.
Lithium battery life is pegged at seven days, and yes, you’ll need another USB cord to recharge it.