Saturday, 16 January 2016

Four High-Tech Fitness & Beauty Gadgets to Look Out For in 2016


If you are manically into your gadgets, you will no doubt have been keeping track of all the latest health, fitness and beauty gizmos being showcased over at the CES expo in Las Vegas earlier this month.

By all accounts it was a feast for the fitness enthusiast, with the place awash with wearable gadgetry promising to help us train smarter and more stylishly than ever before. For the beauty enthusiast there were rich high-tech pickings too – just not quite so much of it.

Here are my favourites:

The OMbra

The latest in smart bra technology, the OMbra (main pic) wirelessly records real-time  biometrics and fitness data such as breathing rhythm and fatigue levels, as well as the more usual heart and calorie count. It will also measure how hard you are pushing yourself as you squat, lunge and the like, and then give an effort rating.

The bra, which works in conjunction with a smartphone app, is said to be extremely comfortable to wear, surprisingly. It’s made from a breathable mesh, four-way stretchable fabric and comes with adjustable straps and different size removable cups. It will be available from Spring and is expected to cost around $150. More here.

Fitbit Blaze


OK, perhaps this is the one that’s going to get most of us salivating – the Fitbit Blaze, the brand’s next gen wearable.  The massively popular fitness tracker now has a colour touch screen (comparable in size to the Apple Watch), an on-screen workout aid (it will coach you on your workouts), plus GPS and accurate PurePulse heart rate monitor (though I’m a bit confused about the latter as a breakthrough feature as I thought the current version already had that?).

The Fitbit Blaze is available to pre-order at £159.99 here.

The Simple Human Mirror


A cordless sensor mirror that lights up automatically as your face approaches it. Crikey! It simulates natural sunlight for full colour variation, so you'll know when your makeup is colour-correct and flawless! Unlike traditional bulbs, the long-lasting LEDs won't burn out either.

The mirror recharges via a USB cord and plug adapter, and one charge is said to last up to five weeks. Oh and it also has 5x magnification for close-up detail. This one is available now for £149.99 here.

InBody Band



Now this is clever. It’s a wearable band that measures aspects of body composition such as body fat percentage, body fat mass, muscle mass and BMI. It also tracks more usual stats like heart rate, sleep patterns, calories eaten and steps taken. This has been around a little while - it won the CES Innovation Honoree Award last year.

The band doesn’t seem that widely available here - I’ve only seen it on sale with eBay sellers for around £129. The company website doesn’t give much detail on the product either, so I’m going to direct you to their Twitter feed which has more here.

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5 comments

  1. I just bought the fitbit charge HR and I am loving it. Tech can really aid a workout x

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    1. I'm getting a fitbit for my birthday, next month. I had planned to get the HR one, though I'm now thinking I might pre-order the Blaze. Hmm, got some thinking to do. Tx

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  2. So many of my friends use a Fitbit and I do part want one, but not too sure I would keep on using it x

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    1. I know, Fitbits seem ubiquitous. I am going to buy one though. It was either that or the Jawbone but on balance I prefer the Fitbit - I like that you can access your data directly via the watch, rather than have to wait to download everything onto your phone. Tx

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  3. I have been using a Fitbit One for the last 2 years and have nothing but good things to say about it and the company. It has become my conscious and when I had a problem with it not working, Fitbit worked out that the problem was with the product and couldn't be fixed so sent a new one, free of charge, within a week. I am looking to upgrade to the Fitbit Blaze in the future.

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