With the rise of big data, consumer technology companies have been seeking growth opportunities within the personalized technology space. As more information is stored on devices, people begin to wonder how technology can be used to reach health-related goals and track their fitness levels over periods of time. Here are five devices that can help you reach your health and fitness targets:
Sense is a device that tracks your sleep cycles and determines whether or not you are getting enough sleep. The device monitors if there are interruptions that disturb your sleep cycle, and rates the quality of your sleep each night through their iPhone app. The system also includes a Sleep Pill that clips onto your pillow and helps track your movements while you sleep. Sense has not been released yet, but as of August 12th, its Kickstarter page has already reached over $1.9 million in funding with 9 days left to go.
Fitbit Zip is one of the most affordable fitness trackers at its price range of $50-60. The device has a small screen that allows you to view the amount of calories burned, steps walked, or distance traveled. With its simplicity, it is perfect for the average fitness junkie that doesn’t need all the bells and whistles included in a more expensive device. The device is also really easy to setup with your iPhone, which will provide you with neatly displayed analytics to determine how close you are to reaching your goals.
Fitbit Flex is a slightly more advanced device, in the sense that it allows you to track your sleep cycles in addition to calories burned, steps walked, or distance traveled. The Flex does everything that the Zip does, but has a nicer form factor, which is a flexible bracelet that you can conveniently wear 24/7.
Withings’ Pulse is another fitness tracker that you wear to see calories burned, distance traveled, and steps walked. One notable difference that the Pulse has is that it also tracks elevation- whether you’re going up the stairs or climbing Mount Everest, it lets you know that you’re making an extra effort to move. Pulse can also tell you your heart rate and blood oxygen level in an instant. Another neat feature is that the Pulse allows you to track your workout history, so you can compare how well you did a few days earlier. At $120, the Pulse is a nice price, but there is no way to attach the device to a wristband or clip unless you spend at least $15 for the accessory.
Withings Scale is a fun weight scale that measures weight and calculates body mass index (BMI). The scale has a position control feature that lets you know where you need to stand in order to properly position your body. As you step onto the scale over time, graphs of your information will be securely stored on Withings dedicated web and mobile apps. Withings also works with 100+ apps on the app store to track your progress and inform you with advice on how to reach your targets and achieve your goals.
Personalized, adaptable technology has many benefits towards health and fitness. If you haven’t tried a fitness tracker or a fitness-related app on your phone, then you might be holding yourself back from your health goals. Let these devices help you improve your overall health, one step at a time.
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By: Robert Leung