Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Whether you’re shopping for your significant other, colleague, or best friend, we’ve rounded up some great gift ideas for health and fitness wearable tech lovers.
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Read on for our selection.
If you are looking for a fitness tracker, you won’t go wrong with a Fitbit. But it can be confusing when it comes to choosing the right device as there are quite few options.
Released in October, Charge 3 is Fitbit’s most advanced fitness band yet. It represents a great choice for the average person who does the occasional run here and there and is not looking for a smartwatch. The band comes with a decent sized OLED display, water-resistance and 7 day battery life. You’ll find everything you need for 24/7 activity tracking including a heart rate monitor. Charge 3 will also link to the GPS on your smartphone to provide more precise data on pace and distance when you’re running while recording a map of your route in the app.
If you are looking for a smartwatch, Versa is the way to go. Its Fitbit’s second smartwatch and its first proper smartwatch. The gizmo does everything Charge 3 does, plus all this is packaged in a great looking gadget with a gorgeous hi-res 300 by 300 pixel LCD touchscreen. There is on-board storage for music too, smartphone notifications and Fitbit pay.
Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with this more effectively, other many not find it as easy. In a world of wearable technology, tracking fitness is typically the main goal. However, a growing number of devices are trying to gauge your state of mind.
Spire is one such device. This mindfulness and activity tracker is a tiny grey stone, satisfying to hold, zen-like and paired with a beautiful cork charging plate. Unlike purely exercise-oriented gadgets, it tracks respiration patterns and body movements to provide advice geared to emotional and cognitive well-being. Attach it to your bra or belt and get ready to discover a new path to calm.
This is a portable, bottle sized device that differs from the competition in that it doesn’t purify all air, just the air around you. The medical-grade filter removes particulates, cat dander, mould, bacteria and pollution in a matter of minutes.
But there is more. Wynd also has a detachable tracker that serves as an intelligent personal air quality system that alerts you when the air around you is unhealthy. The company says this is the smallest particulate matter sensor on the market.
In our review we found Wynd to be a really well thought out product. A lot of work has clearly gone into packing lots of great functionality into a small package.
Indoor air quality is a major influence on the health and comfort of your home. With the average person spending 90% of their time indoors, determining the quality of the air that surround you is important. It is a little known fact that the air indoors can be up to five times worse than outdoors!
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Keeping the air safe in your home is not possible without detailed information on quantities of particulates and harmful gases. Foobot is an indoor air quality monitor that alerts you to take action when necessary and helps you get rid of pollutants by providing you with actionable suggestions and smart home integrations. Even if you keep your home crystal clean, you might be surprised by the results!
One in three adults are affected by high blood pressure, but as many as a third of these can be unaware of a problem. Its no wonder hypertension is often referred to as the “silent killer”.
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Omron EVOLV is a sleek looking one-piece monitor which has no tabletop unit, no tubes and no wires. Because of this the product is highly portable and easy to operate. You’ll get a complete view of your blood pressure both on the device and accompanying smartphone app, along with alerts for irregular heartbeats. For some customers, particularly the older generation, one of its strengths is that you can use it without your smartphone. All you are required to do to take a reading is press one button.
There may be lots of gimmicks or unnecessary bits of equipment for your health, but rest assured that a connected home monitor for blood pressure is highly useful. Fitness trackers still can’t measure blood pressure, so a smart blood pressure monitor is the next best thing.
Fitness trackers are not just for adults. There is a growing selection of devices designed to help your children get fitter and healthier. The major benefit of using one of these is that they make counting steps feel like a fun game. By setting goals, getting feedback and being rewarded, kids are encouraged to do more.
Vivofit Jr 2 is one of the best such devices on the market today. It comes with an always-on colour screen, a variety of educational mobile adventures, reminders to stay active and more.
The waterproof gadget also has an accompanying smartphone app for parents. Here they can monitor their little one’s progress and assign kids reminders to do chores around the house. Oh, and there are family step challenges to get the parents off the sofa, too!
The world of quantified health hasn’t exactly been focused on women. Things, however, are starting to change. The days of chunky fitness trackers aimed at health freaks and technology buffs are thankfully behind us.
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Bellabeat Urban is a popular smart piece of jewellery designed to track your health. You can wear it as a necklace or bracelet, or with accessories you already own. The wearable tracks your breathing, sleep, activity and monthly cycles through the smartphone app. If you are feeling stressed, follow one f its breathing routines to calm yourself down. Its advanced technology is hidden inside the wood housing, giving it a soft natural appeal.
Cardiovascular disease is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. This is a leading cause of death in the US and globally. However, it is estimated that much of this is preventable.
MocaHeart is a tiny gizmo that provides you with a holistic snapshot of your heart health in under 30 seconds. A simple thumb scan will provide you with info on three heart health indicators including heart rate, pulse wave velocity and blood oxygen levels. The device is designed to be easily carried and fit seamlessly in your existing routines and lifestyle.
Not everyone wants a fitness tracker strapped to their wrist. Some prefer something that looks like a regular watch, but functions like a smartwatch. These are called hybrids. One such device is the Vivomove HR – a hybrid smartwatch with activity tracking, wrist-based heart rate, notifications and a beautiful 9.6mm x 19.2mm OLED display.
When the display is off, there is no way of telling that its anything but a regular watch. Tap firmly on its face or turn your wrist, and a small screen will magically appear. When it comes to activity tracking, the swim-proof timepiece dishes out all the Garmin goodies. This includes info on heart-rate, steps, sleep, distance, calories, floors climbed and more.
Motiv is the best choice if you are looking for a fitness tracking ring. Measuring only 8mm in width, it manages to pack a custom lithium ion battery that delivers a battery life up to 5 days, a three-axis accelerometer, an optical heart rate sensor, Bluetooth for syncing and LED indication for charging and syncing.
The full feature-set is rather impressive. The ring monitors activity, sleep, active heart rate, resting heart rate, calories burned, distance and steps – and it does all this well. The app establishes weekly goals and adjusts daily targets based on user’s activity. With water resistance, the gadget covers all the bases.
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