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.
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 fully fledged 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, one of the devices in the Versa range is the way to go. Its Fitbit’s second smartwatch and its first proper on. 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 the state of your 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.
There is an increasing range of connected devices that allow you to monitor your home for air quality and alert you to take action when necessary. Awair is one of the pioneers in this market.
The company’s first generation product offers a convenient way to track various types of air pollutants including chemicals, CO2, temperature and humidity. Awair 2nd Edition slaps on dangerous-dust sensing abilities along with other smaller improvements.
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This is is a great looking product, super easy to set-up and use. Awair provides timely and interesting feedback via its dot display and smartphone app. It sends alerts and suggestions when something is amiss and comes with lots of customization options and smart home integrations.
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.
A convenient, low-cost eye wellness system designed for kids and adults adults, EyeQue Vision Monitoring Kit is the Winner of the CES 2020 Innovation Award. The announcement was made during CES Unveiled New York. With this product, you can test and track your own vision at home and order eyeglasses.
The kit combines the award-winning EyeQue VisionCheck, PDCheck, and the new EyeQue Insight Plus for a complete solution for the whole family. In our hands-on review of VisionCheck, we found the reports it churned out are even more detailed that those you get from your eye doctor. Most importantly, the results are extremely accurate.
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 3 – a hybrid with activity tracking, wrist-based heart rate, notifications and a beautiful OLED display. The watch hands even move out of the way when you swipe through your messages for unobstructed reading.
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 the OLED 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, blood oxygen and more. The swim-proof timepiece keeps going around 5 days in smartwatch mode on a single charge, and a further 7 days in with limited functionality.
Motiv is a great 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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