Citizen’s new smartwatch uses AI to determine your level of alertness
Citizen has introduced its latest CZ Smart smartwatches that feature a built-in AI “self-care advisor,” the company said. The new proprietary YouQ app was built with IBM Watson Studio and uses NASA technology to tell users when they are alert or tired so they can “maximize [their] daily potential,” the company said.
The intriguing idea is that CZ Smart’s YouQ app uses IBM Watson’s neural networks to learn a user’s “chronotype” (preferred sleep and wake time) over a seven to ten day period, processing sleep data and ” alert results”. The latter are generated from a custom-designed alarm monitor test, a consumer version of NASA’s PVT+ test developed at Ames Research Center’s Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory. The tests are “short, gamified and can be taken daily to measure user alertness,” according to Citizen.
Using that data, the YouQ app can learn your unique rhythms and habits. From there, it creates a dynamic recognition model to recommend “Energy Fixes,” or actions and activities to help the user reduce the effects of fatigue, improve alertness, and promote better habits. Over time, it can increase the customization and presumably the effectiveness of the Power Fixes for each person.
The new technology is only available in the new second-generation CZ Smart watches (the first generation launched in 2020, and the company also has a CZ Smart Hybrid line). They come in 44mm sport and 41mm casual models, with mesh bracelets, links and silicone straps. In terms of technology, they offer 1.3-inch AMOLED displays, Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processors with 8GB of storage, and have 24+ hours of battery life with “faster charging.”
Sensor-wise, you get a gyroscope, altimeter, barometer, accelerometer, heart rate sensor and the SP02 ambient light sensor. It comes pre-loaded with YouQ Wellness app, Strava, Spoitfy, YouTube Music and Amazon Alexa. It runs on Wear OS and works with iPhone or Android devices. They will go on sale in March 2023 in the US starting at $350 for regular models and $375 for sport versions later today at civilwatch.com.
Update 1/4/2023 3:18 PM ET: The article previously said the OS was unknown, but as with the last model, it runs on Wear OS. It has been updated with the correct information. Pricing and availability are also included.
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