Five wearable fitness gadgets we loved at CES 2014

Wearable fitness tech was everywhere at CES 2014 - here are our favourite five...

09 Jan 2014


Fitness tech is everywhere at the International CES tech show in Las Vegas.

January is a month synonymous with fitness regimes and there was a whole stack of tech on show designed to do just that.

From regular fitness bands to tiny chips which record our social habits as well as our steps, and headphones that monitor your heart rate, there was a whole smorgasbord of stuff.

Here are our picks of the bunch.

LG Lifeband Touch

LG Lifeband Touch Wristband

Struggling with motivation for your new year fitness kick? The LG Lifeband Touch should get you up from the sofa by reminding you when it's time to exercise and recording your distance covered and calories burned.

Lifeband Touch impressed at CES so much that judges at TechRadar handed it the Best of CES fitness tech award.
It features an OLED display which is touchscreen and can also be used to show phone call and message alerts as well as fitness data.

It hooks up with your Android or iOS phone to help make sense of all your data via an app, and it can also be used to control the music you're listening to while out jogging.

Cnet's Scott Stein said: "the Lifeband feels practical…and very health-oriented. I got to play with it for a brief bit, and at least came away impressed at its build quality."

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Sony Core fitness band

Sony Core

One of the main benefits of the Core, according to Sony, is the fact it's modular. Rather than being an actual wristband, the Core is a tiny chip which can be placed inside a wristband, a necklace, or clipped onto a belt.

It tracks how much exercise you're doing and how well you're sleeping. But there's more - it also tracks your lifestyle: what music you listened to and where; when you saw your friends.

Philip Boyle, senior manager at Sony Electronics, said: "Other bands will track your calories and motions but Sony is trying to help track your entire digital lifestyle. As well as calories and motion the Core also lets you track your music lifestyle, your video lifestyle, your photo lifestyle."

The Core works alongside the Lifelog smartphone app.

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LG heart rate headphones 

LG Heart Rate Headphones Measure Your Heart Rate While Also Playing Music

If you want something a little different from fitness tracking wristwear you may want to check out LG's heart rate headphones.

That's right - headphones which also track your heart rate. As well they also play tunes, so you can work out while listening to your favourite music, safe in the knowledge all that lovely, useful data is being recorded.

Great, but how do they work? Well, they have a sensor in each earbud, which records data on oxygen consumption and heart rate via Bluetooth.

These can also be hooked up with the Lifeband Touch. Pretty nifty? We think so.

Razer Nabu fitness band

Well, the LG Lifeband may have one OLED screen - but the Razer Nabu has two. The Nabu tracks steps taken, stairs climbed and hours asleep and shows messages and calls to your smartphone.

However, it's real USP is the dual screen feature. Why do you need two screens on a device this small? It's about privacy. The small screen shows you have received an email or text, but it doesn't say who it was from - that data is found on the larger screen at the bottom of the wrist away from prying eyes.

It's also pretty social - you can find out whether other Nabu wearring friends are nearby, and shake a stranger's hand to become connected on Twitter.

Very clever indeed.

Sony Tennis racket sensor

Sony Tennis Sensor

Wandering over to the Sony stand we were initially stumped as to why someone was whacking tennis balls into a net in the far corner.

But when we were told that attached to the racket was a sensor recording data to be shared with a smartphone, we instantly fell in love. We had short tennis at school, now we have smart tennis.

Showing off the tiny gadget, a Sony spokesman said: "It uses vibration and motion detectors to detect where the ball hits the racquet and can tell how fast you are swinging and hitting the ball.

"It can also tell the angle of the face of the racquet so can detect how much spin you are putting on the ball. It uses Bluetooth to tell you the average speed and your average ball placement on the racquet."

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