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Wearable health and fitness devices at CES 2014

Wearable technology is trendy this year. Here are some of the wearable devices that may help to keep you healthy in the coming years.

Fitness for pets with Petbit

iHealth Lab Inc., announced the extension of its suite of personal mobile health devices to include a line of wearable products designed to provide monitoring over an extended period of time. The three products that will be available the second half of 2014 include:

  • the industry's first wearable, mobile-enabled ambulatory blood pressure monitor (ABPM)
  • a lightweight, wearable mobile-enabled wireless ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) designed for 24-hour continuous monitoring
  • a new mobile-enabled wearable pulse oximeter designed for continuous monitoring up to 12 hours and check for sleep apnea

The above products can use bluetooth to transfer data or USB to PC for all except the oximeter. Users will be able to pair these products with their mobile device using a free companion app. Data is displayed on the mobile device and automatically stored in the cloud, making it easy to manage and share results.
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Netatmo unveiled JUNE, the first bracelet that measures sun exposure. It advises women how to protect their skin on a daily basis from the effects of the sun. Sun exposure can cause sunburn and lead to premature skin aging, even on overcast days. JUNE and its companion App offer a new serenity in the sun.

The App calculates the suggested maximum daily exposure. The bracelet or broach observes the habits of the user that the companion App then determines the recommended sun protection for their skin type whether it be applying SPF, putting on a hat, wearing sun glasses or seeking out shade. It comes in three colors: gold, platinum and gunmetal.

LG Electronics (LG) revealed their first wearable fitness products, LG Lifeband Touch and LG Heart Rate Earphones. Lifeband Touch is a smart activity tracker that incorporates a bold yet comfortable design and is compatible with heart rate monitors (HRM) as well as smartphones. Meanwhile, the innovative Heart Rate Earphones' unique dual-function design offers a convenient way for users to measure their heart rate while exercising. Both devices are designed to help users take greater control over their health. Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones can wirelessly link up to each other, creating a seamless wearable ecosystem. Connected to smartphones (Android and iOS supported), the devices can transmit data to the intuitive, easy-to-use LG Fitness app, or to a number of other third party apps such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper or MapMyFitness.

And lastly, we should not forget about Fido. Petbit tracks the daily activity of a pet, categorizes pet movements in three categories: 'lazy', 'moderately active' and 'active', and tells its owners whether or not their pet needs to be more active. Several sensors provide information to pet owners and their veterinarians.
The collected information will be displayed in easily understandable graphs in the free Petbit apps for iOS and Android. Users can manage multiple pets with Petbit devices in the app and the device wirelessly syncs its information to the user's smartphone. "It was important to us, that the sync happens automatically behind the scenes and users don't need to connect any cable to get the information on their smartphone", says Michael Lettner, CTO and Co-Founder of Tractive. Petbit uses Bluetooth 4.0 to send its data to the smartphone. The app promotes healthy and active pets with achievements and shows the worldwide pet activity rank of your pet.

Petbit is available for pre-order at right now and will start shipping worldwide in March. There is no service fee or subscription fee, so once users have the device, it is free to use for life.

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