CES 2013: Wearable Health and Fitness Tracker Roundup

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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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102 months ago

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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102 months ago
I like the smiley in the upper right:

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102 months ago
Thanks MacRumors Editors

I was looking for crystallized coverage of these devices, how about a chart next? ;)
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102 months ago

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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102 months ago
Really want this for my parents, want to see some reviews.
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102 months ago
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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