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Nissan's smart watch monitors driver and vehicle

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Nissan is developing a smart watch that monitors the health of car and driver.

The automaker said that the wearable technology is being designed for drivers of its Nismo sports car range. Described as a "concept" watch available in three colours, the device will provide real-time updates and analysis of biometric data, including heart rate and driver fatigue through ECG (electrocardiogram) and EEG (electroencephalogram) capabilities.

In addition, the smart watch will monitor skin temperature to detect changes in body heat and hydration levels.

Secured on to the wrist through a snap-fit mechanism and controlled with two buttons, drivers can also use the watch to monitor the efficiency of their vehicle. The watch will track average speed and fuel consumption by accessing vehicle telematics on the move, and this data can be sent to a connected smartphone app via Bluetooth.

According to the company, the Nismo watch can also track the user's "social performance" across networks using Nissan's Social Speed software.

The smart watch will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show from Tuesday, and has been described as Nissan's "first step into wearable technology." However, no pricing or date has been released for commercial availability.

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."

Via: Nissan

Image credit: Nissan

— By on September 8, 2013, 6:29 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure