Fitness Smart Bands

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Wearable Technology was all the rage at the latest CES 2014, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. Let’s take a quick look at two featured fitness smart bands from the event:

LG Life Band Touch vs Garmin Vívofit:

In common:
Both use bluetooth 4.0 technology to connect to you iOS or Android device and feature the typical options we’ve come to expect with this kind of wearable technology on your wrist. For example, they both can tell you the time, control your music from your connected device, and act as a pedometer tracking your steps and calories burned. Both can also show notifications from the connected device.

Following are the differences:

LG Life Band Touch:
Never before seen, this claspless wristband comes with an optional Heart Rate Earphone to monitor your heartbeat from within your ears by measuring blood flow. One of the fascinating consequences of such technology is the potential to amp up (or down) your music play tracks based on your heartrate. The Life Band Touch uses an OLED touch-scroll screen with a single button to cycle through the various information displayed on the band. It also will use wireless syncing with the LG fitness app that enables owners to upload data directly to some of the most popular fitness apps on the market. It also comes with an altimeter to measure ascent/descent data – great for hikers and rock climbing enthusiasts.

Cost: Not yet for sale.

Garmin Vívofit:
The first things that stand out to me is that it’s waterproof and it comes with a set of replaceable batteries that can last for a entire year (no charging required) as compared to most competitors today that require weekly charging. In addition to the common pedometer features found in the Life Band, the Garmin Vívofit learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, Vívofit will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle. The display will also remind you with a big red arrow to get active if you’ve been inactive for an hour. Walk for a couple of minutes to reset the move bar. While it doesn’t have an option for heart rate earbuds, it can be paired with certain heartrate monitors using ANT+ technology to display your heart rate on the band while you workout. Garmin Connect also offers online challenges with other Vívofit users along with sleep tracking when using the sleep mode on the band.

Cost: $129

Tell us which one you’d prefer and why. Or if there’s something else on the market that has your attention, let us know about it.