Just when you think you've seen the latest in wearable technology, out come new innovations in the industry for the health and fitness-conscious consumer. From head to toe let's take a look at what's hot this season and trending for 2015 in the fast paced world of wearable tech and fitness.
It is not a watch, a bracelet, or a pair of glasses. It can measure your heart rate, calories, and cadence. It can connect to smartphone apps, fitness equipment, GPS devices, and bike computers. So, what is it? The answer is one word--headgear.
The latest in wearable technology from LifeBEAM brings us three advanced headgear options including their Smart Helmet, Smart Hat, and Smart Visor that do more than protect us from our surroundings.
Cyclists can now wear the LifeBEAM Smart Helmet and have their heart rate monitored and their calories counted as they pedal. The Smart Helmet monitors biometrics as well as performance using bio-sensing technology. For runners, walkers, hikers, and trainers the Smart Hat and the Smart Visor are smart choices. Not only do they keep track of heart rate and calories, but also steps taken via the cadence counter.
LifeBEAM is able to record biometric measurements with aerospace accuracy and technology, as their products were originally designed for astronauts and pilots. Now, athletes and fitness-conscious consumers are benefiting from these products. The ability to connect the headgear to a smartphone, fitness app, or GPS device makes the new wearable tech products all the more desirable to the health conscious consumer.
Another new product introduced this year is called Quell which is a leg strap that provides relief for chronic pain sufferers. People suffering from fibromyalgia, sciatica, or osteoarthritis can finally try a drug-free solution.
Quell uses nerve stimulation in a device within the strap which is placed around the calf area of the leg. The pulses adjust to daytime and nighttime activities. There is also an accompanying Quell app for iOS for tracking your therapy. This type of tech could be a life-changer for people suffering from chronic pain.
For runners interested in measuring their steps and landing techniques, the smart sock from Sensoria Fitness might be just the thing they've been looking for. The socks contain sensors within the plantar areas and work with an ankle device feeding data. The fed data provides running pattern and technique information to a smartphone app via Bluetooth in real time.
Other gear sold by Sensoria Fitness includes a sports bra and T-shirt which measure heart rate. All of these products are geared towards tracking and improving performance using the accompanying smartphone app.
One last new gadget that will not only track your fitness data but warm your toes at the same time is Digitsole. Digitsole tracks your steps, distance, and even your altitude and can be used whether you are exercising, working outdoors, or just out for an evening stroll. These insoles also track how many calories you have burned throughout your day. A bonus feature of Digitsole is the warming ability of the product. You can set the desired temperature for each foot and the built-in thermostat will take it from there.
Digitsole insoles are designed to fit inside any regular shoe, come with a battery charger, and work with a smartphone app to track your data.
The Future of Health & Fitness
What started as a very basic luxury for technology users has become the wave of the future for those interested in health and fitness. Smart watches may still seem like the most popular wearable technology out there as consumers check email, send text messages, and keep track of social media. However, we can see that wearable technology has a definite place in our futures for much more.
The thoughts of pain relief, improved performance, heart rate tracking, and calorie counting with a piece of clothing were more like science fiction not so long ago. Nowadays these types of wearable devices are becoming more affordable and integrated into our everyday lives and routine. These products range from under $50 to over $250, putting them well within reach for many people without breaking the bank.
So, what's next for wearable technology in the health and fitness industry? It is actually hard to imagine, but there is no doubt that these types of innovations are only the beginning!