10 Health and Fitness Tools To Track Exercise, Chronic Conditions
Withings Smart Activity Tracker
Announced Jan. 6, the Withings Smart Activity Tracker is a pocket-size device that tracks the number of steps taken, calories burned and quality of sleep. About the size of a memory stick, it features a touch-screen on the front and a heart-rate sensor on the back. It collects pulse measurements and sends notifications of activity or inactivity using a smartphone. Bluetooth Smart connectivity allows the tracker to sync with the Withings Health Mate app on the iPhone, iPad or Android devices. It will be available by the end of the first quarter. Pricing has yet to be announced.
A number of technology companies have announced products recently that help people manage chronic conditions or track their fitness progress. The latest health and fitness gadgets were on display at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some, such as the MisFit Wearables' Shine device, are the size of a couple of quarters and attach to your smartphone's screen to transfer workout data. Another device, Philips' Lifeline GoSafe system, attaches to clothing and tracks seniors' whereabouts as they go about their daily routines. Meanwhile, HotHead Technologies' Spree headband wraps around the head to track body temperature and heart rate. Some of these new devices connect to iOS or Android devices to allow multiple people to view graphical data and challenge friends and family to meet fitness goals. In this slide show, eWEEK highlights some of the latest health and fitness products that will make their debut in 2013.