We take a look at the latest and greatest in the world of ‘smart’ fitness and health products for 2014.
The LG Lifeband Touch
If you ‘conveniently’ have difficulty remembering when it’s time to exercise or justifiably find it hard to drag yourself into the sub-zero conditions to go for a run, the LG Lifeband Touch could be just what you need.
At face value, the Lifeband Touch seems like just another of a myriad of gadgets that record distance, tell you how many calories you have (or haven’t) burned. We have to admit that where this fitness gadget stands out is that it features a touchscreen which shows phone calls and message alerts as well as exercise data. What’s more, it can also control your music as you jog. So impressed were TechRadar by the Lifeband Touch that they awarded it the Best CES Fitness Tech Award. Find out more about the Lifeband Touch on the LG web site.
The BBC was keen to put the Las Vegas fitness tech to the test. BBC reporter Mark Ward joined and handful of other eager tech journalists in a 10km race down the Strip in give some of the most anticipated exercise prototypes a run for their money.
Ward was quick to mention the Spree Headband. Produced by Spree Sports the BBC informs the headband gathers data about heart rate (nothing new), core body temperature, and other physiological indicators through sensors touching the forehead. With the BBC refusing to elaborate any further I felt compelled to visit Spree Sport’s website to learn more.
The Spree sends fitness data to its own iOS smartphone app via Bluetooth. The app also informs users fitness goals and when you’re “in the zone.” A fitness headband with accompanying app – definitely sound like something that will take off in California. You can find out more at http://spreesports.com
Tinke was one of CNET’s favourites at this year’s CES, at least if writing a full write-up on one gadget if anything to go by. This sensor device has been available for IOS four a couple of years but it’s the sensor for Android which is new. The device allows users to keep constant track of their respiratory rate, heart rate, blood oxygen and heart rate variability. Again there doesn’t seem to be anything entirely innovative about Tinke but what is new is the Android version connects wirelessly via Bluetooth. Find out more about the Tinke here.
Razer Nabu Smart Band
LG may have come up with a band with an OLED touchscreen but Razer have gone one step further by giving their fitness band two OLED screens. This multi-capable health and fitness band tracks the hours someone has slept, stairs climbed and, similar to the Spree Headband, shows calls and messages to your smartphone. But why would a device this small need two touchscreens Tech Talk Curry’s sensibly asks? For privacy issues, apparently, one screen informing you that you’ve received a message and the other one revealing the who the message is from. Novel, yes. A little OTT perhaps, after all whose going to be bothered spying on each other’s messages during a ten mile run? Find out more at razerzone.com/nabu
Electronista map the merits of the Wellograph, particularly its aesthetic virtues. We have to admit that unlike the majority of fitness devices, which look unmistakably like fitness devices, the Wellograph looks cunningly like a conventional and even slightly stylish watch. Offering the usual activity-tracking functions, with the added bonus of recording data in graph format – could prove an efficient way to analyse vital fitness information. Find out more at Wellograph.com