Currently racking up the extra capital on crowd-funding website indiegogo, the coin-sized wireless activity tracker is a sleek, waterproof disc that uses proprietary sensor algorithms that can track cycling and swimming workouts as well as counting steps. It weighs in at just 10g, can be worn in a host of ways and certainly looks a lot more stylish than most trackers on the market.
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Misfit Wearables
Trying to turn fitness into a game, the pedometer aimed at getting children to stay active clips onto a shoe and records physical activity during the day. Progress is then synced over Bluetooth to a smartphone app that features games and a virtual pet that will congratulate them on reaching goals and that eating crisps for breakfast is not the healthiest start to the day. There’s a version for adults as well and the two work together to help parents monitor progress.
UK Price: TBA (US Price: $35 for kids version and $50 for adult version | Out: April 2013 | GeoPalz
Mio Alpha heart rate watch
Hoping to solve the problem of whipping on another chest strap ever again, this successful Kickstarter project continuously monitors and displays heart rate information during your workout. The monitoring works by shining light sensors to “sense” the volume of blood flow and will let you know if you are in the optimal zone. There’s the functionality to log data on previous runs with heart rate levels and with Bluetooth Smart support it has been optimized to be used with Endmondo and Adidas MiCoach amongst a host of other fitness apps.
UK Price: TBA (US Price: $199) | Out: Now | Alpha Rate
LG Smart Activity Tracker
Like a Fuelband in disguise the wrist-worn device from LG hosts a similar LED display and rubber design but does uniquely have a touchscreen and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices for syncing data. Using an accelerometer and GPS to record workouts, the tracker like the Fitbit One also includes an altimeter to measure whether you are running up the steps in the office instead of taking the lift. Bluetooth connectivity means you can also get notified about texts and calls from your smartphone or change playlists and compatibility with fitness related LG Smart TV apps means you can also track living room workouts as well.
Likely to be the first of many biometric data tracking buds, iriver has joined forces with fitness monitoring tech company Valencell to incorporate its Perform Tek fitness-monitoring sensors into a pair of headphones that will record heart rate, speed, VO2max, calories burned and more all of which can be synced to your smartphone. The neckband style headphones are likely to be the first of many that could well make current fitness trackers redundant.
UK Price: TBA (US Price: $199) | Out: March 2013 | iriver
Leikr GPS sportswatch
Hoping to give Garmin and Polar a run for their money, an athletic team of Nokia engineers has developed this sporty timepiece that hosts a big 2-inch Gorilla Glass screen and using their expertise in the phone-making business have created a built-in GPS that picks up quicker than other sports watches. There’s Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi connectivity which will make it compatible with existing apps like Endomondo and with the large screen it can store and display colour maps up to 8GB from OpenStreet Maps. It’s on Kickstarter so if you want it to hit its 2013 release date, get pledging.
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Leikr
Joining the One and the more brightly coloured Zip, Fitbit has decided to follow in the footsteps of Nike and Jawbone by offering a fitness tracker that can be worn around the wrist. Recording calories, steps and distances the water-resistant band does not record flights climbed and have a sleep mode like the One so you will have to record the Zzzs manually on the Fitbit website. Crucially it does support Bluetooth 4.0 which means you can wirelessly update stats to the iPhone and select Android devices to get real-time information.
UK Price: TBA (US Price: $100) | Out: TBA | Fitbit
Providing a more affordable route to fitness tracking the button shaped device can be worn in a seven different ways including around the wrist or on your keys or even a lanyard. Using a 3-axis accelerometer to record steps, calories burned, distance covered and sleep, the Orb like the Fibug Air can sync real-time data to iOS devices via Bluetooth Smart and offers Push, Beaconing and Streaming modes of recording data with one of the most comprehensive online tools to help you stay on track.
UK Price: £44.99 | Out: Late Spring | Fitbug
BodyMedia Core 2
Updating its fitness armband unveiled at last year’s CES show, the Core 2 is a smaller device that tracks a whole lot more thanks to a combination of a three-axis accelerometer and temperature, heat flux, galvanic skin response sensors that can serve up biometric data with over 5,000 data points per minute. From sleep to exercise intensity it all hopes to give a much fuller picture of your daily lifestyle. It’s Bluetooth Smart ready to work with the BodyMedia smartphone and tablet app and if you don’t want people to know you are getting into shape, a range of interchangeable faceplates, straps and cuff will help it blend in with the rest of your attire.
UK Price: TBA (US Price: TBA) | Out: August | BodyMedia
According to French company HAPIlabs, eating too fast is one of the main reasons some of us put on weight – we simply eat too much before our brain can process and tell us to stop. The HAPIfork monitors you in real-time, and warns you with a gentle vibrate (sending your forkful of peas everywhere) and some flashing lights if you’re eating too fast, whilst the accompanying app tracks your eating habits over a long period of time.
Price: $99 (UK Price: £60) | Out: TBC | HAPIlabs
Withings Smart Activity Tracker
Having already covered baby and weight monitoring, Withings looks set to take on Fitbit with its Smart Activity Tracker that aims to get you fit in 2013. The pocket-friendly device counts steps, calories and sleep quality but can also measure your pulse and differentiate between the intensity of physical activity. Bluetooth Smart support means real-time data can be viewed on your smartphone plus it will also give you a nudge when you should get up and go for a walk. An OLED display lets you view your progress and also hosts a heart rate sensor activated by pressing your finger on the screen, all which should give you much fuller picture of your unhealthy lifestyle.
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Withings