Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma’ Yu brand, which launched the Yureka smartphone with CyanogenMod OS last year, has now ventured into the health and wearable segment.
The two new fitness related devices are Yu Fit Band and the HealthYu Cassette priced at Rs 999 and Rs 4999 respectively.
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Yu announced a new smartphone, the Yuphoria as well. This is a full metal-bodied smartphone with a 5-inch HD screen, a Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core process, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage space, and an 8 megapixel rear camera with a 5 megapixel front camera. More details about the Yuphoria smartphone here.
We take a look at the two health devices:
Yu Fit Band: Priced at Rs 999, this device will definitely compete with the Xiaomi Mi Band which was recently launched. But from the looks of it, the Yu Fit Band has several advantages over the Xiaomi Mi Band.
Unlike the Mi Band which doesn’t have a screen, the Yu Fit band has an OLED screen, which shows several different types of notifications. The Mi Band gets restricted because it is more like a pedometer, which shows steps, calories and sleep.
In contrast, the Yu Fit Band showcases notifications from your smartphone, email, call alerts, as well once you sync it. The screen displays the time, the number of steps taken, along with other fitness parameters, which is great if you consider that this device only costs Rs 999.
In addition to this, the Yu Fit Band can be synced with the Yu Health and Fitness app. The app will not just show the number of steps you took and the calories burnt but it can also be used to track food intake and the number of calories consumed based on diet, fitness tracking and weight tracking.
The food tracking allows users to input what they had for breakfast or lunch or dinner (Indian food items like samosas and dosas are included) and based on what the user feeds into the app, the app will tell them the number of calories consumed and if they should go easy on the next meal. This is useful for those who are setting goals for their daily diet.
In addition to this Fitness tracking will allow the app to track if a user has reached their fitness goals. Fitness Tracking allows users to chat with personal health coaches, nutritionists, etc and is powered by the HealthifyMe app in which Micromax had recently invested. The first 1000 buyers will get the personal fitness coach free. The app also gives the option of calling up the Fitness coach. Yu did not specify the cost for signing up for these programmes.
Weight tracking will obviously help users monitor their weight, given that this is a key factor in fitness.
HealthYu Cassette: The HealthYu Cassette is Yu’s nifty device which will allow users to keep a track of essential body vitals like Respiration and Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Blood Oxygen saturation, Body vitals, ECG, Body Temperature.
The Cassette can be attached to any Android smartphone and connects via Bluetooth. Users need to download the HealthYu app (available on Google Play Store) and then the readings of the device will be reflected in the app.
The HealthYu app will record all the data and you can even send weekly reports from the app to your doctor. The HealthYu app stores all the data on the cloud and gives around 90 readings per charge.
The two devices will be available from June 2015 via the yuplaygod.com website of the company.