Looking for that perfect gift for someone or yourself? We’ve rounded up some great 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 4 is Fitbit’s latest and 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. It even has built-in GPS which ensures the data on pace and distance is accurate when you’re running.
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 one. The gizmo does almost everything Charge 4 does, plus all of this is packaged in a great looking gadget with a gorgeous hi-res touchscreen display. 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.
We’ve all experienced it: the “What did you say?” from Dad or Mom at a noisy restaurant, the “Can you speak up?” from Grandpa during FaceTime calls, and the notorious remote control stealing so the TV can be on max volume.
Olive Smart Ear is a stylish single-ear hearing amplifier and CES 2020 “Best Wearable” award winner that re-engineers hearing for better conversations and enhanced listening. The gizmo uses AI to capture 99.8% of the sounds within your hearing range without distortion. All it takes is a quick 5 minute hearing test to fully personalize everything.
It is the next-gen hearable for those with mild to moderate hearing loss (less than 50Db) who are after an affordable earbud. Plus, the thing is more than a hearing aid as you can listen to music via Bluetooth connection, make and receive phone calls. Battery life is 7 hours of use with a single charge with an additional 14 available from the portable charging case.
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.
Most EyeQue offerings can be purchased on Amazon*.
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.
For those that prefer something that looks like a smartwatch, the Vivoactive 4 is a good candidate. It looks great and comes jam-packed with features.
You can choose from on of two sizes, a 45mm stainless steel model and a 40mm model for small wrists (4S). The larger one comes with up to eight days of battery life in smartwatch mode and six hours in GPS and music mode. The 4S has room for a smaller battery so keeps going slightly less. That’s not bad considering the Vivoactive 4 has an always-on transflective display. There’s also a classy Venu option which sports an AMOLED screen but is more pricey.
In addition to fitness tracking basics and built-in GPS, there are numerous built-in sports profiles. Other changes over the predecessor include pulse oxygen readings, along with estimated respiration. This will insure you get very advanced sleep analytics.
There’s also the Body Battery function, abnormal heart rate alerts, female health tracking, yoga and pilates workouts and much more.
Your dad might be one of the 80% statistic that don’t make use of their gym memberships. However, there’s a great alternative. Blazepod is an innovative new system allowing anyone, from fitness enthusiasts to elite athletes, to improve their fitness level.
The wireless, portable system uses lights and sensors with pre-programmed exercises to help you increase agility, reaction time and more. You essentially get a Flash Reflex Training system designed to supercharge your workouts.
We really enjoyed our time with Blazepod. The best part about the product is that it makes exercise fun!
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