Wearable Technology Meets Health and Fitness at CES

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-01-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wearable devices and health and fitness technology are among the many themes at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas from Jan. 7 to 10, as a multitude of companies put forward various gadgets to help people keep better track of their health and wellness. More than 40 million personal health and wellness products are expected to have sold in 2013, a figure that will rise to more than 70 million by 2018, according to a report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The CEA forecasts that the evolution of U.S. health care will result in a more than 142 percent increase over the next five years in personal health and wellness product sales and software and service revenues. This year, CES was flooded with variations on the smartwatch and a host of devices to help users keep track of their body vitals, but there were some other left-field devices we thought were also worthy of inclusion. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the wearable tech on display at CES 2014.

 
 
 
  • Wearable Technology Meets Health and Fitness at CES

    by Nathan Eddy
    1 - Wearable Technology Meets Health and Fitness at CES
  • Basis Releases 2014 Carbon Steel Edition Band

    The band, which retails for $199, features a new look, fit and feel with polished chrome details and stretchable, silicone black straps that allow for improved flexibility and breathability for all-day wear. It comes equipped with Advanced Sleep Analysis, the company's sleep analytics tool.
    2 - Basis Releases 2014 Carbon Steel Edition Band
  • Reebok CheckLight Brightens Your Way ($149.99)

    Designed for all sports and levels of play where contact occurs, CheckLight sensors continuously measure the impacts an athlete experiences and provides a simple visual display of impact severity. Sensors are directly coupled to the head to reflect direct accelerations that the head, not a helmet or chin strap, experiences. It can, however, be worn under a helmet.
    3 - Reebok CheckLight Brightens Your Way ($149.99)
  • AcceleDent Aura Brings Straighter Teeth Home

    The hands-free FDA-cleared Class II medical device is designed for faster orthodontic treatment with only 20 minutes daily use. Through the use of gentle micropulses, called SoftPulse Technology, bone remodeling is accelerated, allowing teeth to move up to 50 percent faster.
    4 - AcceleDent Aura Brings Straighter Teeth Home
  • Wellograph Activity Tracker Is a Stand-Alone Device ($300)

    This stylish device, which features a sapphire crystal display, a heart-rate monitor and an activity tracker, and—perhaps best of all—it's a stand-alone device, which means you don't have to worry about smartphone compatibility, besides syncing it through Bluetooth 4.0. The battery life is impressive, too—two weeks on a full charge, or three months in watch-only mode.
    5 - Wellograph Activity Tracker Is a Stand-Alone Device ($300)
  • Netatmo June Is Your Personal Sun-Protection Coach ($99)

    Discover when and how to protect yourself from UV rays, avoid sun damage and prevent premature skin aging with the June bracelet on your wrist. The device, which syncs up with an iOS app on your smartphone, measures sun intensity in real time and monitors your total daily sun exposure. It will also tell you when you need to apply sunscreen, wear a hat or put on sunglasses.
    6 - Netatmo June Is Your Personal Sun-Protection Coach ($99)
  • Intel Jarivs Can Serve as a Reference

    Intel gave CES attendees a look at what could be possible with a keynote speech highlighting Jarvis, a Bluetooth-enabled headset that works like Apple's Siri, only in your ear. This always-on digital assistant can help you with directions, using the phone and many other activities. It's not slated for production, though, so we'll have to wait for Intel's partners to work their magic.
    7 - Intel Jarivs Can Serve as a Reference
  • Lifeband Touch Is LG's Answer to Nike, Fitbit

    This accelerometer-based fitness tracker with altimeter sports a sleek look with just one open end that wraps around your wrist, lighting up when you raise your arm to look at its readouts on its touch OLED display. These include music controls, call notifications, volume control and call silencing. The device will also monitor the number of steps you take, how many calories you're burning, the distance you've traveled and your heart rate.
    8 - Lifeband Touch Is LG's Answer to Nike, Fitbit
  • Kolibree Says the Web Can Help You Brush Better (From $99)

    Kolibree's smart toothbrush has a unique technology to analyze your brushing habits and display them on a mobile dashboard you can readily access from your phone. Users simply download the free mobile app, connect via Bluetooth, and every brushing is recorded. The data about how you brushed automatically synchronizes to your smartphone telling you whether you brushed long enough and reached the hard-to-reach but important parts of your teeth and gums.
    9 - Kolibree Says the Web Can Help You Brush Better (From $99)
  • With Voyce, Wearable Tech Goes to the Dogs

    Who says wearable technology has to be for humans alone? Man's best friend gets a taste of the action with Voyce, which measures key vital signs and other wellness indicators through wearable technology and proprietary algorithms. Using that information, Voyce provides you with trends and valuable insights, helping you stay proactive about your dog's overall health, behavior and well-being.
    10 - With Voyce, Wearable Tech Goes to the Dogs
  • GlassUp Gives Google Some Competition ($299)

    The GlassUp eyeglasses report the incoming emails, text messages, tweets, Facebook updates and other messages so that the user can keep abreast on what is going on. The message is shown for only a few instants, on the side of the field of view, in an unobtrusive manner. While they may not win any points for style, they certainly look durable and will come equipped with an accelerometer, compass and ambient light sensor—but you'll have to pay in Bitcoins.
    11 - GlassUp Gives Google Some Competition ($299)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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