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19 January 2016
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Did you know that 75 per cent of US adults wear at least one health and fitness device? Some 60 per cent are planning to buy a fitness consumer electronics product in 2016? The market of wearable technology seems promising. According to a research by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the prime organization behind the CES, the market size of wearable technology can reach as high as $1.15 billion this year, up 36 per cent against 2015. In this context, it would be interesting to have a peek into the wearable tech market. Take a look at the Best 5 Wearables 2016 list compiled by Techvedic Technologies.

Apple Watch

apple watchAvailable in more than 30 face-and-strap combination, perhaps, this was a show stopper at CES 2016 in the wearables category. Apple Watches are available in three variants, viz. Watch Sport (from £299 to £339), Watch (£479 to £519), and Watch Edition (£8, 000 to £9, 500). The stark differences in prices is largely on account of the disparity in the construction materials chosen. For instance, in Watch Edition, the case is made up of 18-karat gold, and embodies sapphire crystals. In general, a special alloy of aluminum 7000 Series has been used to construct the body of the watch which gives it 60 percent extra durability against standard alloys. In sport collection, where durability matters even more, the brand has used aluminosilicate glass – the same material used in the windows of space shuttles and high-speed trains.

Coming to functionality, it has no match. Find built-in apps for messages, phone, mail, calendar, activity, workout, maps, wallet, Siri, music, remote camera, weather, stocks, photos, alarm, stopwatch, timer, world-clock, and others. Besides, access App Store to find apps in different categories right from health and fitness to lifestyle and travel to news, entertainment and gaming to productivity and utility.

Fitbit Surge

fitbit watchSmartwatch, GPS and activity tracker—featuring all, Fitbit Surge, the splash-resistant device as claimed by its maker, is available at £199 in the UK, $250 in the US, and at $350 in Australia. However, unlike Apple Watch, here band is not at all replaceable and the watch is bit bulky. Matching the circumference of one’s wrist, the watch is available in three different band sizes: small (14-17 cm), large and extra-large (20-23 cm). All three feature a 3.2 cm grayscale touchscreen which is always-on in nature.

Fitbit Surge tracks fitness regimes, involuntary activities like sleep and heart-pulse, and respective trends on daily, weekly or monthly basis and presents information with easy-to-read charts and graphs. It has a barcode scanner that can read the content of fast foods and provides details on calorie content. The device can sync wirelessly with your computer and smartphone – so have a tab on your fitness success everywhere. Share fitness achievements with friends and family to inspire and get inspired. Besides, it keeps you up-to-date with its notifications regarding messages and calls pouring in your smartphone.

Jawbone UP3

Jawbone UP3A standalone wristband fitness tracker (0.48 inch wide), Jawbone UP3 is a sound amalgamation of art and technology, and is available between £77.99 -£ 129.99 in the UK, $117.99-$178 in the US. In Australia currently there are no retailers. If you are a fashion-freak, you won’t get disappointed; the maker offers it in six different shades. However, it sans the display component and nudges you to find time info, and track health records, calorie burn, etc. on connected phones or devices running on iOS, Android, and Windows.

It is made of anodized aluminum (>0.5 per cent nickel). Heart sensors attached to the inner periphery are coated with titanium nitride. The device tracks both types of activities, viz., voluntary and involuntary ones besides offering advices and alerts on nutrition and habits. The information is catered by the UP App, which the maker claims to be the brain of the device.

Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft Band 2Health wellness and being productive – sometimes, they sound poles apart, but Microsoft Band 2, available at $249.99 (Microsoft Store), is bridging the gap. Do compare the price with other retailers. Yahoo Tech compliments the Band 2 as “It strikes a unique halfway position on the spectrum between fitness band and smartwatch.”

Band 2 does everything that you need to stay healthy, connected and productive. It has built-in GPS, UV monitor and barometer to keep a track on your physical and metabolic activities. The entire actionable insights – step counts, workouts, running, biking, and sleep quality — are made available in an intuitive and easy-to-understand manner to you through Microsoft Health app on your phone (Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone) or web-based dashboard. Also have comparative insights on the performance of your peers. While you do all don’t lose the battle on productivity ground – track emails, texts and appointments that matter in your career trajectory.

Moto 360

Moto 360The maker claims that it’s a device to streamline the user’s mobile life. Let’s see how true it is. The smartwatch-cum-fitness tracker device (band width 20mm to 42 mm) that brings updates on Gmail messages and Google Hangouts right away to you is also ready to help with your exploration endeavor with Google Maps. The response system gets a facelift with the voice-command support. Yes, just say “Ok Google” and get information that you need. Add a To-do list to stay atop your commitments and meetings.

Priced at $299.99 (Official), the device has a built-in activity tracker, and a Moto Body phone app to summarize your fitness progress. Easily sync playlists and podcasts from Google Play Music. Get more freedom by pairing the device with Moto Surround earbuds. Customization know no bound here. The maker gives you flexibility to choose band and case style, bezel design, case color, band type and face matching your lifestyle.

We have covered some interesting gadgets; however, there is no limit to the realm of wearable technology. It is getting wider and wider every day. We will be back soon with more technology updates, have a good time ahead. Please do share your valuable comments below.

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