Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wearables & fitness tech


Wearable technology includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart eye glasses designed to show maps and track activity.  Examples include fitness and activity trackers from Misfit, Garmin, EFOSMH, Pebble Time, Juboury, Samsung, Basis, Jawbone, and Fitbit. 

Companies traded on US exchanges:
  • Fitbit (FIT)
  • Nike (NKE)
  • Garmin (GRMN)
  • Under Armour (UA)
  • Fossil Group (FOSL)
  • Microsoft (MSFT)
Fitness trackers, from left: Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE

Other companies: 
  • Polar Electro Oy (globally known as Polar) -- a manufacturer of sports training computers, particularly known for developing the world's first wireless heart rate monitor. Privately owned, HQ in Finland.  www.polar.fi
Reviews


SMARTWATCH ADOPTION
  • US: 12% 
  • UK: 9% 
  • Australia: 7% 
FITNESS TRACKER ADOPTION
  • US: 23% 
  • UK: 15% 
  • Australia: 19% 
(All data from Gartner)

Fitbit (FIT) fitness trackers


Monitor heart rate from the wrist, track GPS, monitor sleep patterns
Price: $80 - $250

Fitbit Blaze fitness watch

Misfit fitness trackers
Misfit is part of the Fossil Group (FOSL) portfolio of brands.

Misfit Shine 2  (price: $99.99)

$99.99, misfit.com | Amazon

Under Armour Band


Features: Optical 24/7 heart rate, steps, sleep, workout tracking.
$180, underarmour.com

Garmin (GRMN) fitness trackers


Accurate steps and sleep, resting heart rate and decent notifications all wrapped up into a comprehensive (and complex) app make it a top alternative to the Fitbit Charge HR.
Price $149.99, garmin.com | Amazon

Garmin Forerunner 230 GPS running watches

Exercise option icons sit illuminated on the screen of a Garmin Vivoactive smartwatch.

Microsoft Band 2


Features: Accurate run tracking, steps, sleep, GPS sports tracking, 24/7 heart rate, golf, email, text, and calendar alerts. Best for running.
Price: $175 - $250
$249.99, microsoft.com | Amazon

Jawbone fitness trackers
(private company) Jawbone is being liquidated as its CEO launches a related health startup. (7/7/17)
Jawbone UP2 (price: $99.99)

Step tracking, sleep monitoring, smart alarm.
$50 - $200, jawbone.com | Amazon

Acer Liquid Leap+ Fitness Watch


Liquid Leap+ Fitness Watch
Price: $49.99
0.94" OLED (23.1mm x 5.8mm) Touchscreen
Black, Green and Pink exchangeable bands
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
IPX7 Waterproof
Compatible with iOS and Android Smartphones

Polar Fitness Trackers
  

©Artremis / Eva Sawicka (7/7/17)

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