The wearable technology trend won't likely wear thin in 2014.
More gadget makers are jumping in, with wearable health and wellness product revenues expected to rise from
New heart rate-monitoring headphones and a fitness-tracking wrist band with an OLED touch-screen from
An unlikely entrant is PC gaming company Razer, with its own Nabu smart band that will track activity, sleep and location, as well as deliver texts and e-mail alerts. A public screen will show alerts and you can shake your wrist to make the alert go away. Flip it open and see more private data such as details about texts, e-mails and activity. "We are calling it a cross between a smart watch and a fitness band," Razer CEO
With an estimated seven to 10 days of battery life, the Nabu sports the black and hot green color scheme found on Razer's gaming computers and peripherals. Two Nabu wearers can share data via handshake. Existing apps such as
LG's Lifeband Touch (due this spring, no price announced) has an OLED touch-screen display that turns on automatically when you rotate your forearm to check the time, distance and speed of your run or walk, as well as calories burned.
The Bluetooth-enabled band can alert you to calls and texts, control music and transmit data to your smartphone for tracking long-term exercise patterns. LG is working with app makers such as MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper for compatibility. The Lifeband Touch tracks "data during exercise or just everyday life," the company's
Also due this spring (no price announced): LG's Heart-Rate Monitor Earphones that -- beyond music and phone calls -- can stream heart-rate data via Bluetooth to the Lifeband Touch's display and LG's fitness app.
With consumer purchases of wellness devices to grow to 70 million in 2018, "the wrist is the next logical place," says
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