The wearable technology trend has gone gangbusters. At the 2014 International CES, electronic fitness trackers had a strong presence on the show floor. Here's a sampling.
LG launched two wearable products at CES: the Lifeband Touch activity tracker (above) and the Heart Rate Earphones. Both connect to smartphones and communicate with LG's fitness app (as well as third-party apps) and are designed to work together. The Lifeband measures distance, speed, and calories burned while the earphones measure blood flow to collect data on heart rate and oxygen consumption.
In addition to monitoring the standard array of metrics most fitness trackers do, Sony's discreet, waterproof Smartwear band vibrates when you receive a call or text message and allows you to pause and skip tracks if you're listening to music on your Android phone. Billed as a "life tracker," it also keeps tabs on your social events.
Sporting a leather band, minimalist face, and slick graphics, Wellograph's Sapphire Wellness Watch is one of the most handsome wearable offerings launched at CES. A single charge will get you through two weeks worth of use and if you use it in watch-only mode it'll last three months without needing more juice.
The big news from Fitbit is increased compatibility with Android devices: it's sleep and fitness trackers now sync with 17 models (12 more than previously offered).
Garmin has been making fitness monitoring devices for over a decade but the new vívofit takes it to the next step by becoming a personal trainer of sorts: the band displays daily goals and sends reminders when you should be getting more activity.
Designed for swimmers, the Instabeat provides real-time heart rate monitoring that mounts on goggles for a visual display. It's available for pre-order and nabbed a CES Innovators award for the best new wearable tech device.
Proving that the wearables market transcends past people—and that inventors will always find a void in the market—the Petbit tracks activity on your beloved dog or cat.