Four awesome fitness gadgets from Mobile World Congress



Mobile World Congress has seen fitness bands, smart watches with fitness features as well as a smartphone that could also take your heart rate in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S5 - we take a look at the trend

Is it us, or did every major gadget at Mobile World Congress want to help us get fit?

We had a slew of fitness bands, smart watches with fitness features as well as a smartphone that could also take your heart rate in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Market research firm Canalys estimates that 17 million smart watches and fitness trackers will be sold this year, and nowhere was the trend more evident than the Barcelona trade show.

Will Findlater, global online editor at Stuff Magazine, is out in Barcelona.

He explained to Tech Talk how fitness gadgets were going beyond fitness, saying: "This year, a fitness band that simply measures your activity isn't enough."

It's clearly the year of wearable fitness tech - here's the best MWC had to offer.

Samsung Gear Fit

Samsung Gear Fit

Samsung announced its Gear Fit at Mobile World Congress - a product that redefines the fitness band. Sure it tracks your calories burned and steps taken and can be hooked up to your Galaxy smartphone for analysis of the data.

But the Gear Fit takes things a step further, with personal fitness coaching and a heart monitor to help provide "more accurate fitness tracking" according to Stuff Magazine.

You can also use the Super AMOLED screen to keep tabs on texts and calls from your smartphone.

Will Findlater said: "This year, a fitness band that simply measures your activity isn't enough. Samsung's Gear Fit adds a curved, colour screen and allows you basic control of a connected Samsung phone, but also harvests more data from its wearer via a built-in heart rate monitor. That will allow it to provide more accurate fitness tracking."

The Gear Fit goes on sale on April 11.

Sony SmartBand

Sony Smartband Fitness Wristbands On Display At Mobile World Congress

Fancy keeping tabs on your general day-to-day life, as well as getting fit? The Sony SmartBand SWR10 could be the answer.

The wristband is powered by Sony's Core fitness tracking technology, which launched at CES in Las Vegas.
With the SmartBand and the accompanying LifeLog app, you'll be able to record everything from the exercise you've done to the books you've read, places you've visited and music you've listened to.

Will at Stuff said the SmartBand measures your activity to "build a fuller picture of your life".

He explained: "Via a companion app it logs your social media usage, the music you listen to, the games you play, the films you watch and more, and allows you to 'bookmark' moments in your life so that you don't forget a great shop you went to or a restaurant you ate in. The connected LifeLog camera is intended to add even more detail to your life's pursuits."

The Sony Smartband launches in March.

Huawei Talkband

Huawei Talkband

With Samsung's new Galaxy S5 we have a phone that also has fitness features, now with the Huawei Talkband we have the opposite. The Talkband is a black wristband that looks like those from Nike and other firms however it has a secret - it also doubles up as a phone.

So as well as tracking your steps taken and calories burned, you can also use it to make a quick call, thanks to a detachable Bluetooth headset.

And it works with any Android or Apple phone too, using NFC (near field communication) to hook up to your smartphone with a simple tap.

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 

Samsung's newly launched Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches are also keen to help you shift a few pounds.

Running Samsung's Tizen operating system, the watches allow you to monitor texts and make calls from your wrist.

But the also boast a number of fitness features, with both models including heart rate monitors and pedometers as well as being water resistant enough to satisfy the outdoor joggers.

Esat Dedezade of Stuff Magazine said the watch "links to your S5 to help you keep on top of your fitness goals".

Best gadgets at Mobile World Congress 2014

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