Wearables were big at CES this year and InformationWeek summarized the top 10 devices. What we see happening in the market is the blurring of lines between fitness sensors and smartwatches. This is a good thing as it should make persuasive techniques to increase fitness more integrated into consumers’ daily lives.
We have grouped the devices into three categories, these are not presented in the same order as the original story:
- Netatmo June: shows that style will become a more important issue for manufacturers. It will be interesting to see how the functionality / style balance plays out.
- AcousticSheep RunPhones: These don’t seem terribly innovative, they are just headphones and a music player embedded in a headband. There is no embedded intelligence in the device.
- Sony SmartBand: Syncs with a smartphone and integrates with Sony’s Lifelog app that tracks all parts of the user’s life, not just fitness activities.
- LG Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker: shows how devices are becoming more integrated. The LG integrates with music players and smart headphones.
- Garmin Vivofit: Monitors the user’s activity and reminds them to move more when they check the time.
- Razer Nabu: This crossover device integrates social and phone alerts. It’s only $49 for app developers and provides another way to interact with the smartphone.
- Atlas: This device is so accurate it claims to be able to detect different types of exercise, such as standard pushups and triangle pushups. This one will appeal to the hard core quantified self athlete.
- Pebble Steel: The classic smartwatch with newly found style and durability. Downloadable apps ensure it will be used for all aspects of the user’s life.
- Magellan Echo: Runs for up to 11 months on one battery, and shows data from the user’s smartphone. Reading between the lines, however, makes it look like it has no embedded sensors and that it relies on the smartphone for all data.
- Qualcomm Toq: A classic smartwatch running Android and having the ability to download apps.