ChatGPT continues its march through the tech industry as it reaches a new frontier: smartwatches. Fitness brand Amazfit has revealed that it will add the generative AI as a feature on its GTR4 device.
Looking at a recently posted a demo on LinkedIn (opens in a new tab), ChatGPT will be listed as ChatGenius in the GTR4’s menu, and from there, you can ask it what you want. The video shows someone asking how they can improve their running performance. Then in just a few seconds, ChatGenius responds with a multi-paragraph response that you can read in its entirety by turning the watch crown. Tap the screen to delete the previous answer and you can ask a new question. You can even ask ChatGenius how your day was and it will tell you how many steps you’ve taken plus your current heart rate.
Beyond the demo, there is very little information about how ChatGPT will work on the Amazfit GTR4. Other reports (opens in a new tab) claims you can ask general questions like the weather forecast or traffic, just like any other smartwatch. It’s also unknown which other Amazfit devices will even get the feature. The video hints at ChatGPT support depending on the watch model and your location, with the US being the only confirmed region at the time of this writing.
We contacted Amazfit about the availability of ChatGPT support and what else it can do. Can it, for example, display different types of data or is it limited to just a few things? This story will be updated if we hear.
First party support
The fact that Amazfit was able to beat the tech giants by adding first-party support for generative AI to a smartwatch is a big achievement. The closest thing to ChatGPT on something like the Apple Watch is a third-party app called watchGPT for the Apple Watch (opens in a new tab). It works almost the same. You open the app, ask a question, and you get a multi-paragraph answer. However, there are some notable differences.
For starters, you have to pay $3.99 to use it, while the Amazfit feature is free. But you can “share the result of your interaction” with other people either through text, email or social media messages. It is unknown whether or not the GTR4 can do the same at this point. Anyway, Amazfit managed to break boundaries before anyone else. We think it’s only a matter of time before the likes of Apple or Google eventually add first-party generative AI support to their own smartwatches. The technique is already working browsers and search enginesfinally.
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