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8 fitness gadgets, that are more than just activivty trackers

2015-02-12

8 fitness gadgets, that are more than just activivty trackers

Today activity trackers is one of the most popular examples of hi-tiech solutions in M-Health industry.

But it turns out that Jawbone UP is not the only gadget to be talking about. 

Here is 8 fitness gadgets that you have to know if you really looking for your health!

 

Skulpt Aim

Think you know how strong you are? Think again. Instead of measuring strength the old-fashioned way—by lifting heavy things—you can now zap your muscles with an electrical current to discover muscle quality (MQ) and body fat percentage. The Skulpt Aim uses Electrical Impedance Myography, the same tech used to study patients with neuromuscular problems, to figure out how strong and healthy your muscles are.

Just place the Aim against moist skin and it can read your MQ (100 is average, higher is better) and body fat percentage in a few seconds. It connects with a smartphone app to give you a full body snapshot, track improvement over time, and recommend exercises based on your weaknesses. 

JayBird Reign

We know JayBird best for its wireless sports headphones, but this year the company—like every other fitness tech company—is releasing its very own activity tracker. The difference between the JayBird Reign and its competition is the metal sliver on the front. Place your finger on this sensor for two minutes and the Reign measures your heart rate variability and gives you a “Go-Score,” which lets you know if you’re too fatigued for a tough workout. 

Mio Link

Continuous heart rate monitoring usually requires a chest strap—and, as Mio founder and CEO Liz Dickinson succinctly puts it, “Most guys don’t like wearing a bra.” So Liz created the Mio Alpha, a wrist-based continuous heart rate monitor with a digital readout.

This year, Mio is debuting a cheaper, slimmer monitor called the Link. The Link has no digital face (it connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth). It’s also ANT+ enabled, which means it can feed your heart rate into other ANT+ devices such as Garmin smart watches.

BodyMetria

For many people, activity monitors are a fun, semi-useful distraction for a couple of weeks—and after that, they end up collecting dust in a drawer somewhere. At $100+, that’s an expensive habit. But now BodyMedia and Avery Dennison offer the Metria, a disposable, adhesive patch that tracks activity, heart rate, and sleep for 7 days to give an overall health snapshot.

The company says the patch is more accurate than most activity trackers because you wear it 24/7; the issue here is that you have a kind of large, medical-looking patch on your arm … 24 hours a day, for 7 days. At the moment, the Metria is only being marketed to businesses—including gyms and diet programs—but it may be available directly to the public in the future. And the best part: Each patch costs about $30.

Tao WellShell

The Tao WellShell isn’t a wearable, but it does have a unique feature: It’s the only fitness gadget (so far) that you can actually work out with. Open up a companion app on a tablet or smartphone and squeeze either side of the device with your palms while following on-screen directions. It won’t replace your gym time, but the WellShell’s isometric exercises—some of which are gamified and kind of fun—are challenging enough to count as a (small) workout. The WellShell also monitors and tracks heart rate, activity, and sleep, and the app can track nutrition info. 

Reebok Checklight

With all the recent news and research surrounding concussions, it’s no surprise we’re looking to tech to help prevent head injuries. Reebok’s Checklight is a slim, flexible impact indicator that measures the severity of each hit: Green means you’re fine, yellow means you’ve sustained a moderate hit, and red means you should get thee to the sidelines. At the moment, Checklight is just an instant indicator of potential damage—in the future, it may connect to an app so coaches and trainers can track their players. 

Spree

Who needs wrist-based activity trackers when you can slap something on your forehead? Spree’s new sweatband-slash-fitness-monitor measures steps, calories burned, and body temperature—which is more accurately assessed through the forehead than through the wrist. This means Spree can alert you to overheating and possible dehydration, especially if you’re working out outside. But we’re not sure its worth the potentially awkward tan line. 

Atlas

There’s nothing wrong with cardio, but it’s always nice to see fitness gadgets geared toward lifters. The Atlas fitness tracker is one such device—a wristband that can identify weight-room exercises and log them. According to the creators of the Atlas, the tracker is so precise that it can tell the difference between a regular pushup and a diamond pushup, thanks to a suite of inertial sensors and an advanced algorithm. The tracker will connect to a smartphone app so you can log your workouts and identify trends over time. 

To find out more about best gadgets for health make sure you don't miss M-Health expo-zone at МАТЕ '2015 that will be open from 12 to 14 of March, 2015.

Tickets are avaiable on this link.

 

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