LAS VEGAS -- Sleek, black, wraparound, OLED display. Sounds like a lot of other wearable devices here at CES 2014, but LG's first entry into wearable tech -- the Lifeband Touch -- seems okay with the familiar. Instead of going into the Samsung-style deep end of feature-studded wearables like the Galaxy Gear, the Lifeband feels practical…and very health-oriented. I got to play with it for a brief bit, and at least came away impressed at its build quality. But, what's also cool about the Lifeband Touch is its focus on working in phone notifications and even two-way … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Offering heart rate monitoring and step measuring skills in an elegantly crafted package, the new Sapphire Wellness Watch from Wellograph aims to merge style with powerful fitness tracking. This attractive gadget was just announced at CES 2014 and is expected to hit store shelves by April 2014 for a steep price of $320.
Now that's certainly a lot of cash to spend in one place. To tempt potential buyers the timepiece flaunts an attractive metallic design, curved chassis, plus scratch-resistant sapphire quartz screen that's handsomely curved. Other style points include a choice of two types … Read more
Any fancy fitness tracker worth its salt can measure your activity but helping you stay motivated to exercise is another matter entirely. Fitbug, the company behind the Fitbug Orb device, feels it has what you need to keep on track. At CES 2014, Fitbug has unveiled targeted twelve week plans designed to push users toward the specific results they want. … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- According to Zensorium, a company showing off its wellness sensor at CES on Sunday, the best time to track fitness is when you're at rest and your body isn't keyed up.
With its Tinke sensor device, which is available for both Android and iOS, users can keep constant track of their respiratory rate, blood oxygen level, heart rate, and heart rate variability.
Although Tinke has been available for iOS for a couple of years, the sensor for Android is new. And, while the iOS version plugs into an iPhone or iPad, the Android version connects … Read more
Startup Basis Science says it will bring better sleep tracking to its advanced fitness monitor, the Basis Band. No doubt in an effort to get the jump on other wearable tech companies traveling to CES 2014 next week, the company says its device will soon flaunt light and deep sleep tracking, plus notice when you drop into the mentally restorative REM dream state.… Read more
Need a little extra incentive to stick to your New Year's resolution? You know, the one about eating less and exercising more?
Perhaps you've heard of GymPact, an app that rewards you for hitting the gym on a regular basis and charges you a fee if you don't. Just in time for the new year, GymPact is now Pact, and it now applies its payment/penalty system to dietary goals as well.
Hundreds of thousands of people make resolutions to start the new year off right. Given today's society, which puts a lot of emphasis on appearance and self-image, the most popular resolution deals with losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle. Every January the treadmills and ellipticals are filled with eager gym-goers. Like clockwork, however, after a couple of weeks the gym returns to its normal state of isolation.
Adidas is the latest company to throw its hat into the ring of wearable devices. Unlike recent products from Samsung, Fitbit, and Nike, however, Adidas didn't create a smartwatch per se. Despite being powered by Android, the company's MiCoach Smart Run doesn't have access to apps and games, and it can't receive notifications from your phone. Instead, Adidas has created a standalone fitness tracker with an assortment of sensors and impressive features.
The heavily skinned version of Android is displayed on a 1.45-inch 184x184-pixel resolution color touchscreen. A 410mAh lithium ion battery delivers up to … Read more
Wearable tech often feels like either a wide-open horse race or the Star Wars cantina of consumer electronics, and at January's CES in Las Vegas things should get a whole lot crazier. After a year in 2013 where tons of gadgets emerged but none dominated, expect a lot more players into a multifaceted landscape that's still not all that well-defined.
What is wearable tech, for instance? We give it that name because these gadgets are generally small and body-worn: watches, wristbands, clip-on devices, or glasses. They have sensors and possibly screens. They connect with other devices, or phones, … Read more