At the 2012 CES conferences I first stumbled upon the lifestyle/activity bands and integrated iPhone application to track your steps and movements. Essentially it was like seeing an advanced pedometer with more analytic. As I saw today, the market has grown. Now the devices have ways to know when you are sleeping and make assumptions about your sleep patterns (as well as tell you to walk more during the day.
With the New Year a few weeks behind us, the crowds gathered to see the devices which may be able to help many of us keep finally keep the New Year resolutions which we have failed at in the past. Below are a few of the current players on the market. I’ll bring more information for each one in future posts.
Basis is back with an improved model. Again, the wrist mounted device has 4 sensors like its predecessor.
vivoFit from Garmin shows off style and tracks similar analytics of Basis.
Viiii by a company called 4iiii is an enhancement to their product line, which can measure heart rate and be worn on the wrist.
Shine manufactured by Misfit is a simply disc device, which fits into various mold including one on the wrist.
Alpha by Mio is a heart rate monitor watch. They claim to be more accurate for exercise heart rate monitoring.
Reign by Jaybird was a sleek device, my favorite of the show, and one I think will make an incredible splash once it debuts this spring.
Rhythm Smart from Scosche is worn on the arm higher than a watch, but this device also controls music.