Five New Gadgets To Make You Healthier

Jan 10 2014, 1:45pm CST | by

Five New Gadgets To Make You Healthier

By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Next Avenue Contributor

Those lights flickering in Las Vegas this week aren’t coming from the Strip. They’re emanating from health and fitness gadgets at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

There’s been a notable emphasis on products for boomers, with a “Silvers Summit” track providing talks and presentations on a wide range of boomer-relevant topics. (Check out the PBS NewsHour video, “Can New Apps Lead to a New You for 2014?“)

After sifting through dozens of health-tech devices featured there, below are a few that look promising, either because their manufacturers have proven track records or because the gear brims with originality and potential.

(MORE10 Top Wellness Apps to Meet Your Goals)

But beware: CES is famous for touting tech products that never see the light of day.

Fall in love with one of the gizmos described here, and your heart might get broken. It’s a good bet, though, you’ll find another like it, though, sooner or later.

FootLogger: Watching Your Every Step

Fitness trackers built into high-tech bracelets and watches are all the rage, but how about one built into an athletic-shoe insole? That’s what 3L Labs offers in its new FootLogger ($100), due later this year.

The insole houses multiple pressure sensors along with a three-axis accelerometer to monitor a user’s activity levels.

It measures stride, stance, cadence and more, and is designed to spot poor walking patterns that can take a toll on the spine and other parts of the body. The maker says FootLogger can even detect gait abnormalities that can predict dementia and falling problems in the elderly and frail.

(MORENew Studies Reveal a Link Between Alzheimer’s and Changes in Gait)

iHealth Blood Pressure Dock: “iPhone In” Your Blood Pressure Results

Instead of trekking to the health clinic so a nurse can measure your blood pressure, use your iPhone and theiHealth Blood Pressure Dock ($100).

The gadget includes a stylish white dock for your iPhone along with an armcuff attached to the dock via a cord. Dock your phone, put on the arm cuff and monitor results on the companion app. Then, send the results to your doctor.

The dock accommodates an iPad or iPod Touch, but these must be older models with a classic 30-pin connector and not the Lightning connector found in the latest iOS gadgetry.

Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale: Weight and See

Maybe it’s time to trash that rickety old bathroom scale. Fitbit has unveiled the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale ($130) to complement its hugely popular Fitbit Ultra activity trackers.

Step on the elegantly understated scale, available in white or black, and the Aria will keep track of your weight, body-fat percentage and body mass index.

The data is uploaded via your home’s Wi-Fi network to the Fitbit site, where it’s accessible on a computer or mobile device. Graphs and charts help you monitor your progress over time. Up to eight people can use the Aria scale, with data for each recorded and uploaded separately.

Set goals, earn badges and, according to Fitbit, “never fear the scale again.”

(MORE: 7 Big Myths About Body Fat)

The Aura: Find Peaceful Sleep

Withings, known for its high-tech scale and activity bracelet, later this year will offer the Aura ($299) bedside device to help you sleep.

The futuristic gizmo, which looks like the love child of an alarm clock and nightstand lamp, has a variety of lighting patterns along with soothing music to help you conk out more quickly, snooze more deeply and wake up more cheerfully.

The unit, which mointors the noise, light and temperature in your bedroom, is paired with a pad under your pillow that can sense your heart rate, breathing and movements.

As with other health and fitness gadgetry, data is uploaded to the Internet for long-term tracking.

The Kolibree: Earn Points for Brushing Your Teeth Better

A smart … toothbrush?

The Kolibree (estimated cost: $100 to $200) is designed to monitor your brushing habits, which is no more outlandish than a smart fork which was the talk of last year’s CES.

If you missed a spot (or more), Kolibree will tell you. It even turns brushing into a game by awarding points for your technique. Brushing well may be more important than you realize. As Next Avenue has noted, oral health is the key to total health.

The brush links via Bluetooth to your phone and a Kolibree app lets you keep track of your progress over time. Multiple people using separate heads can use the brush, with data recorded for each user.

If this sounds like a gadget you want, contribute to the maker’s Kickstarter campaign when it launches later in the year.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata is a technology journalist and occasional author. His latest book is The Mobile Writer atojezap.com/themobilewriterFind him at ojezap.com and follow him on Twitter @ojezap

Source: Forbes Business

 
 

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