CES 2020: The best health & fitness wearable tech we saw last week
CES 2020 is about to close its doors for yet another year. As we approach the last day, here’s our recap of the best health and fitness wearable tech we saw this year.
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Las Vegas has been host to CES for more than 50 years now. In that time we’ve seen thousands of innovative products, including many that have transformed the lives of people around the world.
The show concludes on January 10th. Estimates are that over 180,000 people will attend the 2.75 million-square-foot convention this week. Some 4,500 exhibiting companies are there showing off their products, accompanied by a conference program featuring more than 1,000 speakers.
As always wearables made a decent showing. Some of the usual suspects, however, we’re pretty quiet this year. This includes Garmin and Fitbit, which had hardly anything new to unveil. Apple, as well, but that’s no surprise as the Cupertino outfit prefers to host its own product launch events.
Nevertheless, there was a healthy selection of health and fitness gear. Here’s our pick of the best. Our full coverage of CES 2020 can be seen on this link.
Amazfit T-Rex and Amazfit Bip S
Huami has announced several new products over the past few days. This includes two smart buds, the Bip S and T-Rex smartwatches, and a smart mirror paired with a treadmill called Home Studio.
The Amazfit Bip S looks very much like the original watch. However, there are several upgrades. This includes swim tracking (thanks 5 ATM water resistance, improved from IP68), an improved GPS chip and heart rate monitor, new added exercise modes and more.
T-Rex is a new rugged smartwatch series designed for adventurers.
Muse has announced a new brain-sensing headband. While its predecessors are oriented exclusively towards enhancing your daytime meditation, Muse S can also be worn when you go to bed. Because of this the thing has a more versatile, softer form factor, designed with breathable material and stretch fabric. As you’d expect, it also comes with meditation experiences that help you get more shuteye.
The next big thing from Withings comes in the form of a hybrid called ScanWatch. The promise is that it can help detect undiagnosed cardiovascular and sleep issues early via the built-in ECG and SpO2. Outside of that, ScanWatch has the usual sensors to help users track their activity day and night, including Connected GPS.
Suunto has announced its first WearOS outdoor watch, the Suunto 7. The company is looking to take on Garmin with the addition of offline maps and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform. The device will have you covered no matter how you choose to keep fit. It has more than 70 built-in exercise modes including running, cycling, skiing, surfing and everything in between.
URGONight is a headband that teaches users how to tap into their natural ability to sleep well. This gizmo uses an electroencephalogram (EEG) measurement device that sits on top of your head to measure brain activity. The accompanying smartphone app interprets the signal to visualize brainwaves and creates custom training exercises.
Diesel On Fadelite
This Wear OS device is one of the most cheerful looking timepieces we’ve seen so far. It comes with the typical Fossil Group smarts packed into an extremely unique see-through design.
The straps are see-through with a choice of gradient colorways or a completely clear option. The body of the watch is partially translucent, too. If you haven’t guessed by now, the “Fadelite” name is a reference to the fading colors that are part of the design.
NURVV Run are intelligent insoles that deliver insights and guidance on how to run faster and avoid injury. The lightweight insoles are embedded with 32 high-precision sensors that work in conjunction with two GPS trackers.
Data is captured 1,000 times per second and that’s per insole. The thing spits out info on cadence, step length, foot-strike, pronation and balance.
This is a product that offers a much less daunting way of tracking your weight. It comes in the form of a smart bathroom mat. Looking at it, you’d never guess it was anything but a traditional cloth mat. But concealed inside are medical-grade pressure sensors which capture a whole host information about the person standing on it, including an assessment of their posture.
Skagen Falster 3
The Danish company’s latest smartwatch comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor, a speaker, and four styles including a one designed in partnership with X by KYGO brand. There’s also NFC for payments-on-the-go, built-in GPS, a microphone and the usual fitness sensors.
Mobvoi Ticpods Pro 2
Mobvoi has announced the next generation of its smart earbuds, the TicPods 2 and TicPods 2 Pro. Both come with improved sound quality, while the latter also introduces new gesture and voice controls.
There’s now a natural way of interacting with the buds. The carrying/charging case has also undergone a redesign and is now 42% smaller than before making it much easier to carry around.
This is the closest thing we seen so far to a Star Trek-esque Tricorder. The scanner combines a stethoscope, thermometer, electrocardiogram and more in a small hand-held device. The ultimate goal is to allow doctors to conduct examinations of their patients remotely, no matter what corner of the world they are in.
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