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Old Jan 7, 2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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CES 2013: Wearable Health and Fitness Tracker Roundup




Health monitoring products have recently seen a huge surge in popularity, with offerings like the Jawbone UP and the Nike Fuelband bringing consumer awareness to the connected devices.

Several different companies debuted new wearable fitness tracking devices at CES this year, including Fitbit, Fitbug, Withings, and BodyMedia.
Fitbit Flex
Fitbit, known for its tiny clip-on Fitbit One, announced the Fitbit Flex, which is a wristband that is similar in design to the Jawbone UP.

Like the Fitbit One, The waterproof Flex automatically counts calories burned, distance walked, and steps taken. It can also be used to record food intake and sleep quality, via an app.

Data is sent to a personalized website using Bluetooth Smart, and the band lasts between five and seven days on a single charge. The Flex will be available in Spring 2013 for $100.

Fitbug Orb
Fitbug (via Engadget) is a UK-based company that just debuted its new Fitbug Orb, a small, button-sized activity monitor.

The Orb measures steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep quality. Like other offerings, the Orb allows for food recording. The Orb is designed to be worn in different accessories, like a belt clip, lanyard, fitness band, or sleep pouch.

Though the Orb has no display, it does use Bluetooth Smart to connect to the iPhone or the iPad. Fitbug's Orb will be available in Spring 2013 for $50.

Withings Smart Activity Tracker
Withings Smart Activity Tracker is a small, clip-on health monitor that is similar in design to the Fitbit One. It measures sleep quality, food intake, movement, and pulse rate, with a touch-sensitive front and a heart rate sensor in the back.

The Activity Tracker also uses Bluetooth Smart to connect to Withings' Health Mate app, and it comes with an estimated two week battery life. Withings Smart Activity Tracker is due before the end of March, and while no retail price has been announced, Withings says that the pricing will be in line with competing products.

BodyMedia CORE 2
BodyMedia CORE 2 is the second iteration of BodyMedia's popular health and fitness tracking band. Like the prior version, the Core 2 captures 5,000 data points per minute, measuring calories burned, exercise intensity, and sleep patterns. It has a three-axis accelerometer in addition to heat flux and galvanic skin response sensors.

The quarter-sized device is designed to fit into a range of fashion-oriented interchangeable straps and cuffs, and connects to BodyMedia's existing apps and web portal using Bluetooth Smart.

The BodyMedia CORE 2 will launch in August of 2013, with additional faceplates, straps, and cuffs coming at a later date. Pricing information is not yet available.

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Old Jan 7, 2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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Added features such as heart rate with text/phone/email/etc alarm and the like would be useful too. So if an older person were to fall, and have their heart rate drop below a predetermined rate (e.g. 50 bpm) it could send someone a text/email/tweet/phone alarm to get them checked on.
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So if an older person were to fall, and have their heart rate drop below a predetermined rate (e.g. 50 bpm) it could send someone a text/email/tweet/phone alarm to get them checked on.
I've fallen and I can't get up!
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I've fallen and I can't get up!
That's a comment in poor taste. I hope that no one in your family or circle of friends ever find themselves in a situation where one of this devices could save their life.
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Some of these devices are no doubt potential Life-Savers for elderly people, but are they going to remember to charge the batteries?
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:08 AM   #6
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Gimicky mobile fitness products have a long history of over-hyping and under-delivering, both on features and functionality. If all of these actually make it to the mass global market, I think I'll wait to check out the reviews for a few months before I choose one.
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That's a comment in poor taste. I hope that no one in your family or circle of friends ever find themselves in a situation where one of this devices could save their life.
Apologies. No offense meant. I was hearkening back to a bunch of ads that received their fair share of ridicule back in the day because they were poorly executed, not because the message was worthy of ridicule. These was another one about the same time with Patrick, who took out life insurance. I appreciate the actual benefits of such a thing.
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I'm curious to see what Nike has to offer in a new version of the fuelband. I made myself wait the first go around.

I'm also curios to see where all these fitness bands go, it'll be interesting to see how accurate these things can get at tracking our activity levels. Maybe doctors can start prescribing them to overweight patients to help them realize how inactivate they are
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Shame none have audio controls

Anyone involved in any avtive sport listening to music doesn't want to stop what they are doing to change track or adjust volume.
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Shame none have audio controls

Anyone involved in any avtive sport listening to music doesn't want to stop what they are doing to change track or adjust volume.
This is precisely why I'm holding off on getting any of these- or getting them for family members- until my Pebble gets here and I've had a chance to see how good of a job it can do at these same tasks. If it can do a decent job of it (activity tracking, sleep monitoring/smart alarm, etc.) as well as everything else there's no reason to spend the $150 or so on some of these when the money would be MUCH better spent on a Pebble.
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I was looking for crystallized coverage of these devices, how about a chart next?
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I am kind of pissed - kind of - about the Fitbit Flex. I don't fully understand if the module can be taken out and put in your pocket like the Fitbit One. After having the first version of the Jawbone and the Nike Fuelband (for a few days) I kind of like wristbands.

...and I just got my wife one for Christmas too. I guess on the bright side the Fitbit One has a display.
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I am kind of pissed - kind of - about the Fitbit Flex. I don't fully understand if the module can be taken out and put in your pocket like the Fitbit One. After having the first version of the Jawbone and the Nike Fuelband (for a few days) I kind of like wristbands.

...and I just got my wife one for Christmas too. I guess on the bright side the Fitbit One has a display.
Yes, it can be taken out. From the website:

"Flex tracker is flexible. You can take this tiny tracker out and put it into any of Flex's colorful bands to fit your mood."



The bands are just rubber, but there isn't a clip so it'd be risky having it floating around in a pocket. The One has a display, and it's also got an altimeter that the Flex doesn't have, so it's more accurate in terms of tracking calories burned.
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