Health Gadgets Buzzing Consumer Electronics Market 2016
Simply tracking your activity can be a good way to motivate yourself to do more. The Nike Fuelband makes that simple: it’s a wristband that contains motion sensors to track your movement through the day, translating your activity into ‘Nike Fuel’ points that aim to let you compare yourself to others, regardless of the sports you’re doing. It also counts the steps you take – 10,000 per day is seen as a good indicator of a healthy lifestyle – and tells the time. It comes in three colours but the sleek black version is the coolest.
Fitbit Charge HR
Rather than just tracking how many steps you take, the Charge HR can see exactly how hard you’re working. It allows far more accurate estimate of the number of calories that you burn. You can also track your resting heart rate – hopefully seeing it fall as you get fitter. That measurement is taken while you sleep as it’s the most relaxed and inactive you get.
Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS running watch
If you want a simple watch to record runs with minimal fuss, the Forerunner 620 is not for you. But if you want help to plan a training schedule, to track how well you perform and get advice on how much faster you’re capable of going and when to try again, then this is the GPS watch for you.
Strava Run and Strava Cycling
You don’t necessarily need a watch to track your exercise. Smartphone apps can use GPS to plot your route and there are plenty of services which will keep track of your performance over time. There are apps for gym workouts, swimming and training for other sports too. If you run or cycle, Strava’s apps are worth a look. They allow you to compare your performance with other users over parts of your route, which is a handy feature. Subscribers can also calculate their “suffer score” for maximum bragging rights.
Griffin Adidas MiCoach armband
If you are using your smartphone while you exercise, whether it’s to track your activity or just to listen to music, it’s worth getting an armband to keep it in. Having a phone strapped to your arm might feel a little awkward at first but it makes it easy to see the screen, change songs or check your exercise statistics without fumbling in your pocket. This one from Griffin works very nicely and is available for a range of devices.
Another wearable fitness tracker but this one comes with a coaching plan that delivers daily progress reports and sets regular goals to help you get fitter.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
No fitness gadget obsessive can make do with an ancient set of bathroom scales. What’s needed are wireless smart scales, like these from Fitbit. They won’t just tell you your weight, they’ll track weight changes and monitor your BMI and body fat percentage for up to seven people. The data is uploaded via your WiFi network and available online or in a free iPhone app.
Garmin Edge 800 cycle computer
This touchscreen cycling computer has GPS navigation with built-in maps and is designed to withstand bad weather as well as bumps and knocks. As well as helping with navigation, the Edge 800 tracks data about your ride, including distance, speed and elevation. It’s also compatible with many heart rate monitors, power meters and cadence sensors for those who want more detail.
Camera Demon Helmet Camera Mount
Camera Demon uses a sticky pad to stay put on top of a helmet, allowing cyclists, skiers and other sports enthusiasts to capture all their activity in video on their cameras.
Pioneer SE-D10E headphones
The SE-D10Es use a unique ‘Skull Fit’ design to hook onto the ear, which ensure a comfortable fit, even during intense exercise. They are also sweat proof.
Withings Smart Body Analyser
This internet-connected set of scales is capable of measuring heart rate and air quality as well as traditional weight measurements and body composition.
Breffo Adventure Camera Kit
This eight-legged stand securely attaches to virtually any surface in any position, allowing far more versatility than a standard camera tripod, whether for windsurfing, cycling or skiing.
Not due to be released until April, but Apple boss Tim Cook is already talking up its fitness benefits. One of the most eagerly anticipated gadgets of all time, Cook said it will offer regular reminders for users to be more active. “If I sit for too long, it will actually tap me on the wrist to remind me to get up and move, because a lot of doctors think sitting is the new cancer,” said Mr Cook.
Oliver Sweeney Swipe Glove
… and for spectators… the outer leather layer of these gloves is touch-sensitive for smartphones, while the inner is fleecy to keep your hands warm from the sidelines.