The Mio Fuse is a combined optical heart rate sensor and wrist worn activity Tracker. I say combined as you can either simply use it to replace your traditional heart rate strap or use it as an activity tracker (or both). In releasing this nifty little gadget Mio have catered for all athletes who have already invested in a sports watch by making it compatible with Bluetooth smart and ANT+ and even those who don’t. With the already tried and tested optical sensor this makes the Fuse a pretty attractive prospect for anybody looking at solutions for alternative heart rate capture.
The Misfit Shine is a small and easy to live with activity tracker that has been designed with minimalism and style in mind. Minimal is definitely the operative word as the main housing is machined from military grade aluminium to form a waterproof, jewellery-like centre piece capable of a wide variety of mounting options.
The Polar Loop is Polar’s entry into the activity tracking market aimed at those looking to track their all-day steps, calories and sleep data. Given Polar’s extensive history and experience in heart-rate tracking it’s no surprise that the Loop also has the ability to pair with a heart rate sensor to double up as a very compact tool for capturing full fitness data.
The ability to connect to a both a heart rate strap and a smartphone (via Bluetooth Smart) takes the Loop into territory currently only occupied by Garmin’s Vivofit and Vivosmart devices.
There’s no denying the first 5 months of 2014 have seen massive progress when it comes to fitness tracking and wearable technology. Barely a week goes by without an update or newly released product and/or smartphone app. It was only within the last month that Facebook announced that it was buying Moves.
Whilst there are many early adopters, there are also those who are not yet convinced or perhaps waiting to see whether one of the most noticeable absentees from the market (i.e. Apple) will throw their hat into the ring with an iWatch. As this is not a rumour site I decided to focus on what is currently available.
I also noticed an update to the MyFitnessPal app to make use of the built-in motion sensor in the iPhone 5s (an accelerometer linked to the ‘M7 Coprocessor’ to enable continuous motion tracking).
So the question became: Activity Tracker v Smartphone?
Fitness trackers are all about getting you up and moving. The brand new Garmin Vivofit armband is no exception to the rule and, in fact, will prompt you to do exactly that.
Released only this month, the Vivofit is the latest entrant to one of the fastest growing areas of technology – ‘wearables’. You can certainly expect more in the coming months with the likelihood being even the largest technology companies will begin dipping their toes in the water.
With Garmin already achieving huge success in the running watches arena you would expect this latest addition to not just compliment their range, but add serious competition to the other activity trackers already available for general consumption.
The Vivofit does not disappoint.