Top 10 fitness wearables at CES 2015
A quick summary of our favourite fitness trackers that were on show at CES 2015
Smart health and fitness is one of the major themes at CES 2015. There are literally hundreds of different brands, all offering an array of wearable fitness trackers designed to help you improve and maintain your day to day fitness levels. In no particular order, here are 10 of our favourites:
1) Withings Activité Pop
The new, affordable fitness watch from Withings is one of the best looking trackers we saw today. The minimalist, sleek design is available in Azure, Sand and Shark Grey colours. It will measure your steps, calories burnt and distance travelled and sync to the Withings Health Mate app.
2) Jaybird Reign
Unlike many of the trackers we saw, the Reign tracker measures heart rate variability - the miliseconds between heartbeats. This information is used to determine how much energy you have in the tank on any given day, encouraging you to reach the daily goals set by the app. It also makes sure you get enough rest, allowing your body to recover from each work-out.
3) iFit range
Probably the most eye catching stand of the day, seven good-looking actors performed daily fitness tasks to promote the brand new iFit range, which launches at the end of 2015. From the basic fitness tracker that will track your steps and calories burned all the way to the high end, all singing, all dancing fitness watches with GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring. iFit is a brand we will be keeping our eye on.
4) Fitbit Surge
At the top end of the Fitbit range is the new Surge Fitness Super Watch. Not only will this watch give you GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring, you will also be able to get call and text notifications and control songs from your mobile playlist.
5) Tory Burch Fitbit Flex
Fitbit have joined forces with Tory Burch, American fashion designer and businesswoman, to bring you a fitness tracker that looks more like jewellery than wearable tech. All the technology of the Fitbit Flex in gold, silver or rose gold.
6) LifeTrak Gem
Designed for fitness enthusiasts but affordable for all, the Gem will continuously measure your heart rate and give you extremely accurate calorie burning stats. Available with a large range of accessories, the Gem is a fitness tracker that isn't limited to being worn on the wrist. With headbands, woollen hats, swimming caps, chest and armbands, no matter what your sport (or range of sports) there is a way to wear the Gem.
7) Polar A300
For those looking for a simple to use, hassle free fitness watch, the Polar A300 might be for you. Available in a range of colours, this fitness watch is lightweight, yet feels durable. As an added touch, the watch will also gently vibrate if you have been sedentary for too long.
8) Garmin Epix
Ideal for hikers and outdoorsy types, the Epix fitness watch is a little on the large side, but with the amount of technology it's packing, we can forgive it. You are able to view the Garmin worldwide relief maps, showing you the terrain of an area, on the 1.4" touchscreen display. There is a further 8GB of storage to download any other maps you might require.
The tech doesn't stop there. It's a compass, an altimeter and a barometer. And it's waterproof! A serious piece of kit.
9) Swarovski Shine
Half fitness tracker, half statement jewellery, the Swarovski Shine range combines technology with fashion. A large Swarovski crystal sits atop a Misfit fitness tracker, and can be worn on numerous different accessories including bangles, bracelets or necklaces.
The tracker is available with a clear crystal or sapphire blue colour, and added some much needed sparkle to proceedings.
10) Tagg Pet Tracker
If you're fit, your pet should be too! The Tagg can be used to see how active your dog is, ideal if the vet has instructed you to help your pooch shed the pounds. It can also be used to set boundaries and sends alerts if the dog strays.