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Archos to debut smart home ecosystem complete with £50 smartwatch at CES

Archos has unveiled a sneak peek at a whole range of smart home and wearable tech products it plans to unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 later this month, including a tablet, smart watch, blood pressure monitor, weather sensor and even smart scales.

The watches are said to be compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and will be available for under £50.

According to Archos's exhaustive statement, users can access the ecosystem "from anywhere in the world and from any iOS or Android platform," making them able to "retrieve data or command actions using the Archos Smart Home App or the custom-designed Smart Home Tablet."

The move could be the opening salvo in the bid to create the next generation of smart homes, and Archos has even begun to use the term "connected self" to describe their new range of activity and health monitors.

All of Archos' new devices will use Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity in order to preserve battery life.

"Mobile devices have become the centre of our life and our demand for instant access to information creates the need for even more interconnectivity," said CEO of Archos Loic Poirier in a statement.

"Archos' new lineup of connected objects exemplifies the ability to share and access information and represents our vision of creating a universe where all devices complement and work together."

The Archos Weather Station is one of the stranger devices on offer. The gadget promises to provide both indoor and outdoor information, "including CO2 levels, humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure and environmental noise levels."

The "Connected Self App" will serve as the backbone application for all the new devices, and will provide health assessment, display graphs to track users' activity over time and enable up to eight different users to set goals "to increase motivation."

Chip-maker Qualcomm has also entered the smarter home fray, promising a new embedded processor line through its Atheros subsidiary, which it claims will "transform networking devices like home gateways, routers, and media servers into 'smarthome' platforms."

Other companies like Nest have already made forays into smart home technology, with their range of smart thermostats and smart smoke alarms.

Hopefully, Archos aren't too worried about the recent reports that security researchers have discovered malware capable of infecting home appliances.