We love gadgets of every kind, be it appliances for the kitchen or electronic ones for hiking or camping trips. We have even featured wearable gadgets for you, and a few cool ones designed for your pets, just to cover everyone in the family.
While the idea of using your smartphone and health apps to monitor your workouts and vital signs are not new, did you know that there are gadgets that can work together with your smartphones to help you stay fit and healthy? In fact, we’re here to introduce about 10 of these gadgets, this time for the calorie counters and gym-goers.
These gadgets may be able to help you make the best of your workout sessions, track your health progress and have fun at the same time. All that aside, they are all built for a mind focused on health and fitness, which is top priority to come out the winner in a dog-eat-dog world.
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In almost every sport, music can be a rather powerful motivation to run or cycle that extra mile but never to swim that extra lap, until now. Like Sportiiiis, the Finis Neptune is secured onto the user’s eyewear, in this case, swimming goggles. This device uses bone conduction audio to relay music to the user’s ears, without the need for ear buds.
The device also makes music louder and clearer when submerged underwater. It also comes with a built-in 4GB of storage space, a rechargeable battery that lasts 8 hours and an OLED screen with music controls. [$159.99]
It’s a bracelet, a pendant, and can also fit in your pocket. The Misfit Shine is an activity tracker that lets you track your movements and activities to help you achieve goals set on your iOS device. Due to its design you can strap it on an arm and dive in for a lap with no worries – it is waterproof!
Check in on your progress by just tapping the LED-lit face. It also doubles as a watch and works on coin batteries which can last for months at a time. [$119.95]
Into cycling? Checking on your stats while you cycle is not only a hassle but may also be dangeruos. Track your heart rate safely and accurately with Sportiiiis. The simple Head-Up Display (HUD) has 6 LED to indicate your heart rate. Cyclists can mount it on their sunglasses and receive their stats via voice prompts which relay your speed, heart rate, cadence and power.
Its company does sell its own line of monitors that work together with, Sportiiiis but it is also compatible with products from other manufacturers. [$149.99]
This device plugs into older iOS devices using the 30-pin connector to track and trend your blood oxygenation levels, pulse rate and Perfusion Index, particularly if you are a sportsperson. The product is not intended for medical use and is more for sports and aviation tracking.
This means that this is a great and portable tool for sports players and sports teams that travel to play. The data from the device can be exported and kept in the athlete’s history for their reference or their coach’s. [$249]
Can’t really manage your portions by sheer willpower? HAPIfork is a gadget that can help you reduce your eating pace. The sensors notify you through tiny vibrations when you’re ‘speeding’. It can also track your eating duration, the amount and intervals of ‘fork servings’ per minute.
All your data can be tracked with the accompanying app and transferred with a mini USB. The ‘brain’ of the HAPIfork is hidden in the body but can be removed for safe washing. [$99]
Here’s a high tech weighing scale ideal for weight watchers. It tells you more than just what you weigh. The Fitbit Aria can track the body fat percentage and Body Mass Index (BMI) of up to 8 users, then transfer the data wirelessly to your computer for your progress management.
The data it collects is supported and works well together with many other apps. It’ll sync to your smartphone to notify you when you have achieved a fitness goal. Earn achievement badges to share with your friends. [$129.95]
Most fitness trackers are for moderate sports enthusiasts, those who run or jog to stay fit but most of the trackers that they use may not be suitable for extreme sports junkies. The latter would need Trace, an advanced tracker for action sports like surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.
Trace is built for action sports and meant to be mounted on the board from where it would log in the tricks you’ve landed, your speed, maximum height and sync all of the data with a smartphone app. The app is also social, allowing one to see what fellow junkies are up to with their own stunts. [$169]
Amiigo tries to separate itself from the fitness bracelet competition by having the ability to track specific workouts that you perform. It’s a 2-in-1 device, one worn on your wrist and the other on your shoe to capture your upper and lower body movements.
The two-piece gadget can differentiate your movements: cycle, swim, walk, hike, play basketball, football, golf, water sports, even working with weights or cardio equipment. It syncs over Bluetooth and is open source so 3rd party developers can create apps to work with it. [$125]
Sensoria Smart Sock
Wear this smart sock and get feedback from our ankles, yes, ankles because that’s where the pressure signals to this fitness tracker are. Designed for runners, the Sensoria Smart Sock tells you how well you’ve been running and how to improve your performance over time. Even though it has signals or sensors in the sock, it’s still washable and as comfortable as the next pair of conventional socks.
The app learns from your daily movements and acts like a virtual coach, providing you tips on how fast your pace should be or how to land your feet correctly. [$119]
This bottle is the greatest gift you could give to a gym addict. The bottle functions like any other bottle, but with a push of a button, it can release up to 1.5 scoops of your favorite whey protein mix. It’s great for use in the gym during workouts and having that post workout drink right after without having to carry multiple bottles around.
The ‘ball’ that holds the supplement in also acts as a mixer for those harder-to-dissolve powder drinks. The bottle comes in black or white and is sold at a very reasonable price. [$25]