At CES 2014, there is no denying that health and fitness wearables are the hot new tech trend. It seems that these smart devices are getting more and more creative, attractive and boasting high levels of impressive functionality in quite a small yet trendy package. Here are some of the top nods:
iHealth– iHealth is committed to building convenient, mobile products and services that help
you manage your personal health. These devices will provide a slew of health tracking, including:
- Obtaining blood pressure and glucose readings over 24 hours
- Record systolic/diastolic numbers and heart rate
- Take ECG measurements from chest
- Measure Sp02 levels and pulse rate
Each FDA approved device syncs to a free iHealth Android/IOS mobile app and cloud service, which includes personalized health tools. The devices are designed to give users a better overall idea of their health and can even be sent to a primary care provider. For a full list of products, click here. Each device is under $100, ranging from $70 to $80 on average.
Fitbug Orb– This sleek device will help you get fitter, lighter, and feel healthier and happier by tracking your steps, distance, and sleep. The device is fully customizable and you can wear it how you want, where you want. Some of the top features include:
- Customizable device (Choose from the belt clip, wristband, or underwear clip)
- Stream data in real-time to the Fitbug activity app, including sending your steps at intervals (every 15, 30, or 45 minutes) throughout the day
- Connect to app wirelessly
- Battery lasts between 4 to 6 months
- Comes with a digital coach called KiK to help you reach your health goals (i.e. lose weight, get fit, get ski ready, etc.)
- Calculates progress and provides community support along the way
- iOS and Android accessible
For more information, click here. Retails at $49.95.
Garmin Vivofit– Comparable to Jawbone and Nike Fuel Band, this smart device has a clear display setting and is wearable 24/7. Features include:
- Alerts to tell you if you’ve been sitting too long
- Calorie counter
- Online community (Garmin Connect), designed to create challenges with other Vivofit users or start a competition with friends
- Heart rate monitor
- Battery life of over one year
- Monitors sleep
Learn more here.
Price is $129.99 without heart rate monitor, $159.99 with heart rate monitor
YoFi meter– This impressive concept, approved for 4th quarter, is diabetic health monitor integrated all in one, with no strips or supplies. A cellular chip within the device sends all recorded data to a cloud database, where you can then control where that info goes (i.e. if you want to inform a spouse or parent about monitoring). The device would also sync to an iPhone and Android accessible app. This device truly appears to be breaking the health barriers! Learn more here.
Muse Headband: As a frequent purchaser of headbands, I found this device to be quite interesting and apparently it can help you reduce your stress. The Muse is a daily system that uses apps, games, and exercises to help improve your mind and get the most out of the mental skills you already have.
- Contains 7 censors: 5 on the forehead and 2 behind the ears
- Detects and measures brain activity, just as a heart rate monitor measures your heart rate
- All mental pulses are converted into digital information
- Allows you to immediately see or hear how your brain is functioning with included iOs/Android mobile app
- Helps manage stress and emotions
- Lithium ion battery lasts up to 4.5 hours
- Charged through USB jack, similar to a cell phone
- Provides constant coaching and feedback
Product is currently available for pre-order for $299. Learn more here.
JUNE by Netatmo– Listen up sun worshipers and outdoor enthusiasts. This wearable was perhaps one of the prettiest found, a sun-savvy wristlet (or broach!) based and designed in France that measures your sun exposure.
- Get notifications when you need to put on sun protection, wear a hat or put on sunglasses
- Avoid sun damage and prevent premature skin aging
- Available in 3 colors: gold, platinum, and gunmetal
- Included app gives tailor-fit sun protection and advice based on your habits and skin type
Stay tuned for JUNE release and pricing here.
Last, but certainly not least is the Polar Smartwatch – choose from a slew of smartwatches, based on your fitness needs, all utilizing Smart Coaching, a features the best possible guidance on how to develop your training as well as helpful feedback on your progress.
- Heart rate guidance
- 24/7 Bluetooth activity
- Smart tracker, including calorie counter, body assessments, running performance and more
- Syncs to free iOs/Android app
- Sleep monitor
- Personal trainer on your wrist
- Endurance programs for a variety of fitness activities
Retails at $99.95. Learn more here.
Stay tuned to AZTB for continued CES coverage!