Lenovo Unveils Wearable Smartband, Fitbit Expands Portfolio

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-10-27 Print this article Print
Lenovo smart band

The Charge HR is aimed at people who are more dedicated to their exercise and demand a fuller picture of their health, including continuous heart rate via the company's PurePulse technology. The Charge HR also includes the capabilities found in the Charge, though its battery life is closer to five days.

Surge includes everything found in the Charge HR and also includes a built-in GPS that offers information on everything from running pace and distance to elevation, distance, split times, route history and workout summaries. The Surge, which comes with eight sensors, also includes smartwatch capabilities like Caller ID, text alerts and mobile music controls.

Prices range from $129.95 for the Charge, $149.95 for the Charge HR and $249.95 for the Surge. The devices are expected to be released in early 2015.

Price is a selling point for Pivotal Living's Life Tracker 1, a smart fitness band that does much of what those from Jawbone and Fitbit do, but at a cost of about $12 a year for the smartphone app for Android or Apple devices. The device tracks user's activity and water intake, measures the duration and quality of their sleep and vibrates when it's time to wake up. It also reminds the user if they've been sitting for too long a time, according to the company.

Users also can set goals in the device and then work to meet the goals. Company executives told USA Today that it is taking orders now and buyers will get the band in time for the holidays.


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