From Smartwatches to Smart Hearing Aids, Wearables Impress at CES

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2015-01-12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    1 - From Smartwatches to Smart Hearing Aids, Wearables Impress at CES
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    From Smartwatches to Smart Hearing Aids, Wearables Impress at CES

    by Nathan Eddy
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    2 - Garmin Fenix 3 Built for Outdoors—and the Boardroom
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    Garmin Fenix 3 Built for Outdoors—and the Boardroom

    A stainless steel bezel and sunlight-readable high-resolution color display speak to the smartwatch's mix of sturdy form and sleek functionality. It boasts 20 hours of battery life in GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode and six weeks in watch mode. The watch also boasts training features to improve users' form and fitness and reports on biking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding, as well as daily activity tracking.
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    3 - Withings Activité Pop Watches While You Sleep
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    Withings Activité Pop Watches While You Sleep

    The Activité Pop analog watch features two hand dials, one showing the time and a sub-dial showing percentage progress of specific activity goals. The objective (say, 10,000 steps) is set within the application and, throughout the day, users know where they stand. As with all Withings devices, Activité Pop syncs automatically with the free Withings Health Mate application. Plus, and a single standard watch battery powers it—and lasts up to eight months.
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    4 - Garmin Vívofit 2 Adds Features
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    Garmin Vívofit 2 Adds Features

    Garmin's latest iteration of the daily activity tracker includes a line of interchangeable accessory bands, features one-year battery life and is water-resistant to 150 feet. Throughout the day, the device automatically syncs with paired mobile devices through the Connect mobile app, so users can see a complete picture of daily activities. In Connect, a free online fitness community, users can track sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation.
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    5 - GoBe Tracks Your Calories—From Your Wrist
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    GoBe Tracks Your Calories—From Your Wrist

    Healbe bills its "body manager" as a wearable device that can automatically measure a user's calorie intake through his or her skin—a claim that has aroused some skepticism in the press. With GoBe, users can theoretically view calories consumed, calories burned, activity level, heart rate, blood pressure, stress level, hydration level and quality of sleep. The device combines data collected from an accelerometer, a piezo pressure sensor and an impedance sensor with an algorithm to get results.
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    6 - Garmin Vívoactive Built for an Active Lifestyle
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    Garmin Vívoactive Built for an Active Lifestyle

    A lightweight and ultra-thin GPS smartwatch with built-in sports and activity tracking apps, this device features up to three weeks of battery life. The running app displays pace, time and distance using GPS, and the watch's built-in accelerometer tracks speed and distance when GPS is unavailable, such as when running indoors. Other app features include Auto Lap, Auto Pause, and vibration alerts for heart rate, pace and run/walk intervals.
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    7 - Sony SmartWatch 3 Sports Sleek Style
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    Sony SmartWatch 3 Sports Sleek Style

    The SmartWatch 3 features a 1.6-inch, 320-by-320 thin-film-transistor (TFT) transflective liquid-crystal display for visibility in bright sunlight. It is also water-protected, rated IP68, and charges through a standard microUSB port. In addition, the stainless steel smartwatch features native music playback, intelligent sensor technology and an inbuilt GPS sensor.
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    8 - Garmin Epix Works as a Hands-Free Navigator
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    Garmin Epix Works as a Hands-Free Navigator

    Featuring a 1.4-inch high-resolution color touch screen, the tracker comes preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap, a free one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and 8GB of built-in memory for additional maps. Epix also boasts an omnidirectional EXO steel antenna with GPS support for an accurate position, as well as traditional altimeter/barometer/compass functionality. In addition to the navigation features, Epix is a full-featured fitness training watch.
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    9 - HereO Is Designed for Kids, Not Child's Play
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    HereO Is Designed for Kids, Not Child's Play

    Designed for kids age three and up, the hereO watch works in sync with a mobile app to provide real-time location sharing, safe-zone alerts and group messaging, allowing parents to monitor their children's safety and whereabouts on their mobile phones or desktop computers. In case of an emergency, children can use their watch to send a panic alert that immediately notifies family members of their location.
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    10 - Swarovski, Misfit Bring the Bling
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    Swarovski, Misfit Bring the Bling

    Smart home and wearables manufacturer Misfit is bringing some serious bling to the market thanks to a collaboration with jewelry specialist Swarovski. Two fully waterproof wearables compose the core of the collection, including a clear Swarovski Shine with a crystal face and a violet model, which uses patented technology for solar charging. The latter is a wireless activity and sleep tracker that uses an energy harvesting technology to eliminate the need for charging or replaceable batteries.
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    11 - Siemens Smart Hearing Aid Connects to Smartphones
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    Siemens Smart Hearing Aid Connects to Smartphones

    While not the most glamorous of accessories, Siemens' hearing aid reaches new levels of sophistication—it automatically detects and adapts to the environment, so no manual adjustments are required, and it works with both iOS and Android devices. When the hearing aids are paired with Siemens' easyTek and easyTek App, a wearer can control the direction of their microphones—front, left, right or behind—to simultaneously enhance speech and suppress background noise.
 

While the tech world awaits the debut of Apple's much-discussed smartwatch, competitors used this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off their wearable tech devices, many of which combine wireless connectivity and phone features with an emphasis on fitness tracking and health monitoring. Garmin, better known for its GPS devices, has nearly half a dozen wearable devices launching, each aimed at a different demographic. While the emphasis is on fitness bands and smartwatches—or any combination of the two—other types of wearable devices made their debut at this year's convention, some of which are far less glamorous than Swarovski's crystal-laden concoctions but of impressive capability, like Siemens' hearing aids, which connect to iOS and Android mobile devices. Wearable tech isn't just for adults, either. The HereO watch is designed for smaller hands to keep kids connected with their parents via GPS at all times. And it can send alerts if trouble occurs. Paging Big Brother, are you there?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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