Measuring calories, body fat and mood are all on the wearable agenda
The fitness-tracking trend shows no sign of abating just yet, and if the opening event of CES 2015 is anything to go by we're going to be monitoring our health in new and interesting ways in 2015.
Here are three brand new bands that could soon be helping you become a better human.
You know those scales that tell you not only how heavy you are, but precisely what percentage of that embarrassing number is worthless, jiggling fat? Well now you can wear a band that will give you exactly the same information any time you like.
It works as the scales do, by sending pulses through your body and measuring bioelectrical impedance, and InBody reckons its new Band is accurate to within a few percent. And these folks should know - the company’s been developing body composition tech for those horrifyingly revealing pro scales you see at gyms for years.
And the band of course monitors a whole bunch of other things, such as heart rate, activity and sleep.
It sounds as though this could be the whole fitness-tracking package...
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But the InBody doesn’t measure calories like HealBe’s GoBe band. It actually works in a similar way to the InBody - by using an impedance sensor that sends signals through your wobbly bits - but here it’s measuring the glucose your body’s producing from the food you’ve eaten. And from there it can work out your calorie intake.
Not only that, GoBe also knows the amount of carbohydrate, fat and protein you’re eating, so there’s really no hiding even one bit of the Big Mac you’ve just inhaled.
The results are said to be 85% accurate, which might not sound that impressive, but HealBe reckons manual calorie tracking is only 40-70% accurate as it is. Besides, that’s manual and this is automatic, around-the-clock monitoring, and you know that’s what you need.
But once you’ve shed those pounds and squeezed yourself into the jeans you were wearing back in 2002, will you be happy? Well there’s a band for that, too...
So, you want to be fit and slender. But do you also want to stop being a misery guts? Zensorium reckons it has the answer.
Prepare to add a new type of measurement to your wearable tech lexicon: Pulse Pressure (PP). It's the difference between your blood's pressure as your heart beats and refills, and it, along with measures of heart rate, apparently provide a pretty good measure of how you're feeling. Zensorium's Being smartwatch captures your PP and HR and mixes in some good old sleep tracking and activity monitoring via a built-in accelerometer to tell you not just how far you walked, but how you felt while you were doing it.
The watch represents your mood over time via a circle of coloured dots around the face. Red says you're distressed, yellow excited, blue normal and green calm. It also archives this data (along with your activity and sleep) to a paired Android or iOS device so you can see how much happier you were when you went to see Michael Buble than when you caught that Radiohead gig.
Unfortunately, the aluminium-clad watch's somewhat drab looks and low-res screen might make you feel a little bit sad, but at least the functionality is novel.