As most serious athletes will know, one of the keys to avoiding muscle cramps involves loosening up the soft tissues both before and after intense physical activity. While there are already balls and rollers that let people do so, Hyperice's new Hypersphere adds another dimension – its core vibrates at a high frequency, reportedly getting those muscles and tendons as loose as a goose.
One way of adding extra functionality to smartwatches is to build it into third-party straps, and the Tylt Vü Pulse is one of the first officially approved Pebble smartstraps to break cover. It gives Pebble Time integrated heart rate monitoring, wireless charging and a custom app for logging the new data.
Keeping an eye on one's heart rate is a big part of fitness tracking, with wearables from the Apple Watch to dedicated chest straps delivering the feature to users. But what if you could get the benefits of heartbeat sensing without even having to strap on a piece of tech? A team of researchers from the Kyoto University, together with Panasonic, is working on making that dream a reality, utilizing millimeter-wave radar tech and a specially-designed algorithm.
The Moov Now is not your typical activity tracker. Rather than monitoring your exercise and letting you know how many steps you've taken and how great you're doing, it's designed to be a personal sports coach which speaks to you while you work out. We recently spent a month being bossed around by this little puck, to see whether it's the best wearable for knocking you into shape.
Tricking your fitness tracker into logging a workout when you are in fact just laying on the couch seems like a fairly futile exercise, but there's more to the equation than just fooling yourself. Insurers and health care providers are increasingly relying on tracking data to offer incentives, reduced premiums and keep tabs on clients behavior. This is cause for concern for one team of US researchers, which has developed an activity tracking smartphone app that can better distinguish between real and imitated physical movement.
Although activity trackers come in a variety of shapes and types, most look like what they're assumed to be. The latest device from Misfit, however, bucks trends with a unique fashion-forward design. The Misfit Ray fitness and sleep monitor features a minimalist, cylindrical aluminum body that keeps track of personal activity no matter how it's worn.
If you've been following CES, you'll know wearables have featured heavily. Gaming specialist Razer has waded into the game with its fitness-focused Nabu, while Casio has gotten involved with an Android Wear watch. Now Fitbit is taking its fitness-first approach to the smartwatch game with Blaze, which is priced to take the fight to more established smartwatch players.
Many current activity trackers either lack easy-to-see displays, or suffer poor battery life. Withings looks to have addressed this on its new Go tracker by employing a large, low power, always-on e-ink display. The clip-on or wrist-worn device boasts an eight month battery life and automatic activity tracking whether you're walking, running or swimming.
A joint collaboration between Under Armour and HTC, the Healthbox features a fitness tracker, heart rate sensor strap and smart scale: pretty much everything you need to begin monitoring your health and lifestyle, in one red box. All your collated data feeds back into the UA Record app for Android and iOS, freshly revamped to mark the arrival of the new hardware.