Which of the lat­est fit­ness track­ers would best suit your needs?

The Borneo Post - Nature and health - - Front Page -

WHILE many of the lat­est fit­ness track­ers, on dis­play now at in­ter­na­tional tech show IFA in Berlin, have sim­i­lar sen­sors and fea­tures, they cater to dif­fer­ent groups of health-con­scious in­di­vid­u­als who are look­ing to track their swim­ming work­out, bet­ter mon­i­tor their stress or pro­vide valu­able in­for­ma­tion on trail ex­pe­di­tions. For those keen on track­ing their health and fit­ness, the good news is that most of the lat­est wear­ables will be able to give a user’s heart rate, cal­cu­late calo­ries burned dur­ing var­i­ous work­out modes, map out the morn­ing run and pay for the cof­fee on the way back.

That said, a few new­bies – from Fit­bit, Garmin and Ca­sio – are bring­ing some­thing ex­tra to gym-go­ers, hik­ing fa­nat­ics, swim­mers and those striv­ing for a healthy life bal­ance. Fit­bit Charge 3 is a sports­band for those who like to break a sweat, es­pe­cially in a pool. This lat­est ad­di­tion to the pop­u­lar fit­ness tracker se­ries now comes with more ex­er­cise modes, a swim-proof de­sign, “7 day bat­tery & in­sights” and a few smart­watch-style fea­tures.

The brand also has plenty of new health apps in the pipe­lines, in­clud­ing hy­dra­tion, sleep and weight track­ing, as well as a pe­riod/ovu­la­tion app for ladies and the abil­ity to de­tect a pause dur­ing work­outs. The smart fea­tures al­low users to see an in­com­ing call or text, cal­en­dar or app no­ti­fi­ca­tions – such as Face­book or Uber – and soon An­droid users will be able to re­spond with a pre-for­mu­lated or cus­tom quick re­ply. Garmin Vivos­mart 4 is what you’d call a fit­ness band, how­ever its lat­est fea­tures also make it a gad­get for stressed-out pro­fes­sion­als look­ing for bet­ter life bal­ance.

Now fea­tur­ing a wrist-based a blood oxy­gen sen­sor – Pulse-Ox – this wear­able will tell you if you’re ready for a work­out, or if more rest is re­quired. It also mon­i­tors light, deep and REM sleep stages, giv­ing users a re­view of their night the next day in their smart­phone app. And the ‘all-day stress track­ing’ will let users know if they need a mo­ment to breathe and re­lax. Slim and light­weight with a small dis­play, this is a wear­able for a more ca­sual user sim­ply want­ing to sur­vey daily ac­tiv­i­ties, check the weather, play mu­sic and be made aware of some up­dates. An­droid users will also have the op­tion to send quick replies. Ca­sio Pro Trek WSD-30 is de­signed for ad­ven­ture seek­ers and hik­ers with its off­line maps, power re­serve mode, GPS log record­ing for up to three days. Ro­bust and wa­ter­proof, with a cir­cu­lar mono­chrome dis­play, the Pro Trek WSD-30 looks like a sporty smart­watch able to dis­play the time, while also dis­creetly show­ing at­mo­spheric pres­sure/al­ti­tude and com­pass bear­ing.

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