January 7, 2015
If you look at the fitness trackers at 2015 International CES, you’ll probably notice a few trends.
First, the design is getting better. Garmin’s new wearables, the Wellograph, the Sony SmartBand – all of these have an attention to detail and design that you wouldn’t have seen a few years ago. We hold apps to exacting standards and obsess over the beautiful ones; now fitness trackers are moving in that direction, too.
Next, fitness trackers are getting smaller. I’m thinking of the AmpStrip, which looks like a band-aid and tracks heart rate and activity. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to wear a band or watch, you’ll be happy with this push toward smaller and more discreet trackers.
Finally, beyond simply looking nice, fitness trackers are continuing to cross over into the realm of jewelry – for men and women. Here are five gorgeous fitness trackers that people are oohing and ahhing at this year at CES.
Swarovski Shine from Misfit ($169.99)
The blingiest of the bunch, Misfit’s Swarovski Shine tracks your steps, distance, calories, and sleep underneath a beautiful clear or violet crystal. The violet version is powered by light and never needs new batteries. You can pre-order now at Misfit.com or buy this spring in Swarovski stores.
Designed for women, the black Mira tracker can be worn in a bracelet or simply clipped onto your clothes. In addition to tracking steps, calories, and distance, it also gives you funny little suggestions throughout the day on how to get fitter (“The incline button on the treadmill is there for a reason, and that reason is to help you get an amazing body”). Mira just raised over $12,000 on Kickstarter and will ship to backers in January; there’s no option yet to buy it on their site.
Pebble Steel ($199)
Announced in the fall, the Pebble Steel adds fitness tracking to its smartwatch functions (including notifications, music, and apps) and lasts up to seven days on a single charge. It comes with a leather band, but you can buy the black or metal steel band for $20. The Pebble Steel is available now through GetPebble.com.
Withings Activité Pop ($149.95)
Available in grey, azure, and “wild sand,” the Withings Activité Pop tracks your walking, running, and sleep. The device itself is water resistant, and the second dial on the face shows your progress toward a daily goal (like 10,000 steps). More like a watch, you won’t have to charge this one for over eight months. The Withings Activité Pop sold out on BestBuy.com for $149.95, and it will be in Best Buy stores in March.
Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 ($89)
In black, silver, or gold, the Lenovo Vibe Band tracks your steps, calories, distance, and sleep and comes with an e-ink display to show you the time, your daily progress, and other notifications. The battery lasts up to seven days, and the device will be available in April.
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