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Top 7 Bluetooth Health and Fitness Devices on the Market

Bluetooth has come a long way since the days of bulky hands-free headsets, so here are my top 7 new-era Bluetooth fitness devices for 2013-2014.

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Cast your mind back to the early days of Bluetooth and what it meant to you when you first heard about it. It has since become a way to play and sync music from smartphones to speakers and gain great popularity. Fast-forward to 2013 and we have Bluetooth 4.0 on our doorstep with some incredibly useful devices that rely on this technology. In this article I will be focusing on the top 7 fitness devices that have flourished through the development of Bluetooth. These devices are designed to give the training athlete more freedom and precision, and the ability to use their device for a longer period of time without the need to recharge the device.

Polar H7 Heart Monitor

Training athletes monitor their heart rate to gauge the intensity of their workout. The Polar H7 does a lot more than just count your heart’s beats per a minute. This device will record your duration of exercise, average pace and distance covered during workout, calorie burn-count and body fat loss in relation to current body fat percentage. This device can be hooked up to various fitness apps and is specifically designed to be compatible with popular gym equipment.

Lumoback Posture Belt

More and more 9-5 workers are stepping away from the desk and hitting the gym at any given opportunity. Office workers that are not supported with quality office chars can develop bad posture over time. The LUMOback posture belt is designed to improve your posture through alerting you when you are slouching. The device works both when you are inactive in your office chair, as well as when you are running or walking through town. The belt connects with the iPhone app and vibrates to alert you to your bad posture. Over time this awareness of posture will improve your ability to become fit and healthy.

Mayfonk Athletic Vert

This device has set itself apart from the mass of fitness devices that measure horizontal movement. The Mayfonk Athletic Very clip-on belt measures the height of your jumps using Bluetooth 4.0 to send data to the app to analyse your movement. The data is studied to understand where repetitious movements could lead to a sports injury. 

Scanadu Scout

If you have ever wondered if you are ill, or if it is in your head then the Scandu SCOUT is designed to give you an idea of what is going wrong in your body. You simply hold the device to your temple and allow it to measure your body temperature, pulse, and heart rate. The data is then shared with the accompanying app, and you are diagnosed. 

Wahoo Fitness KICKR Power Trainer

When you are constrained to using your ‘at home spin bike’ you can remove the back wheel and mount the frame onto the Wahoo Fitness KICKR Power Trainer stand. Once mounted the stand will capture various key elements of your workout. The stand then wirelessly shares data to the Wahoo iPhone app where you can find out more about your performance.

Larklife Wristband

The Larklife wristband is designed to be worn at all times to monitor your daily activity. You can find out how many calories you are burning, how many steps you are taking, and the number of hours of sleep you are getting per a night. Incorporating the Bluetooth technology, Larklife then share the data with the Larklife app so you can study your activity over a period of time.

iHealth Pulse Oximeter 

If you have ever suffered from breathing issues then you will understand how frustrating it can be to have to visit the doctor to get checkups on a regular basis. The iHealth Pulse Oximeter is the latest gadget on the market to measure your blood oxygen saturation levels and pulse rate without any need for appointments. The device displays the findings on the LED screen as well as through the iPhone app.

Image Credit to Ed Yourdon.

Written By

Tom Clark is a health and fitness enthusiast with an eye for technology and gadgets to improve everyday living. He is currently interested in the growth of electronic components such as Bluetooth Modules and OCXOs, and the place for Bluetooth in the world of fitness.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Rohit Kabdwal

    April 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    thanks for the nice information Tom,
    I was unaware of this kind of stuffs about the bluetooth and health, you’ve mentioned nice things here..

  2. Julie

    April 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    My friend has used something like this in the past, and the doctor commended him on being proactive.

  3. Tom Clark

    April 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks guys! There are some great products out there that we just would never have dreamed of in the past, and it is all thanks to raising the bar in product design and the components of their success.

    Cheers,

    Tom

  4. Dan

    April 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    This is a great list. It was interesting to find out what kind of gadgets are now on the market. I would really consider buying one. Cheers.

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  6. geovanni

    May 14, 2013 at 6:28 am

    This does everything I need it to, and I recommend it for anyone who is just getting started in an exercise program.

  7. MitchSexner

    September 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Technology is so advanced today that almost everything is going digital/mechanical. There are obviously many pros and cons related to this arising issue which may directly or indirectly be an impact to us in the future. An example that cropped up quite recently is the launch of a few surgical robots. Should any surgical errors arise in the future pertaining to the robotic surgery that these machines perform, can the machines themselves be charged at the court of law or should the hospital be made responsible instead? These are just some of the concerns that patients worry about should they be treated by machines.

  8. Jane

    March 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve been using the Polar H7 for six months with my iPhone and absolutely love it. It’s great the way it works with so many apps, but the Polar one is probably the best. There are some in App upgrades to choose from as well, but it worked out really cheap to get a huge amount of features. I can now tell exactly what routes give me optimum heart rates for my trainign plan.

  9. Robert Chase

    October 16, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Essential tools for measuring object distance. Most of the people can not eager to write this scientific tools, thanks a lot for writing. How can I appreciate your work can not know. please write next amazing recipe with educational purpose.

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