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Citizen's new smartwatch uses NASA technology to help you reduce fatigue

Citizen's new smartwatch is expected to go on sale in March.

Published onJanuary 4, 2023

Citizen CZ Smart
  • Citizen has announced that it is launching a new version of the CZ Smart smartwatch.
  • Citizen has created a proprietary app for the watch built with IBM Watson Studio and NASA technology.
  • The watch will go on sale in March 2023.

There are plenty of smartwatches that offer wellness features to help with things like fatigue. However, Citizen’s newly announced smartwatch has something going for it that the others don’t, NASA technology and IBM Watson.

At CES, Citizen announced that it is launching a new version of its CZ Smart smartwatches. The new smartwatch comes with a unique, built-in “self-care advisor” AI that works with the company’s new proprietary YouQ app.

The fascinating thing about this particular wellness app is that it was built with IBM Watson Studio and uses technology from NASA. According to Citizen, its app uses IBM Watson to analyze a wearer’s chronotype (an individual’s preferred timing of sleep and wake). This is done over a period of seven to 10 days by processing their sleep data and alert scores.

The alert scores are handled by a custom-designed alert monitor test that uses a consumer version of NASA’s Psychomotor Vigilance Task Test (PVT plus) test. This test was originally created to determine the mental acuity of astronauts and was designed by the Ames Research Center Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory. Citizen explains that its alert tests “are brief, gamified, and can be taken daily to measure the wearer’s alertness.

The YouQ app reportedly uses this data to learn your rhythm and habits, which allow it to recommend personalized “Power Fixes.” These Power Fixes are suggestions for actions and activities the users can do to remedy their fatigue, improve alertness, and build better habits.

Citizen says that the YouQ app will only work for second-generation CZ smartwatches. So if you own a first-generation CZ Smart smartwatch, you’ll be out of luck.

The new CZ Smart smartwatch will include a sport model and a casual model. The sports model will come with either silicone or metal bracelet straps, while the casual model will come with a mesh bracelet, links, or silicone straps.

If you’re interested in picking one up for yourself, Citizen didn’t provide a price for the gadget. However, it expects to start selling the device in March in the US.

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