When fitness tracker manufacturers try to cram too many features into a device, the final product can end up a complicated, cumbersome mess. Fortunately, the makers of the Withings Activité were smarter than that.
This sleek smartwatch sports a Swiss-made dial and stainless-steel case. But while the Activité’s styling is classic, its functionality is state of the art. Syncing with Withings’ easy-to-use Health Mate smartphone app via Bluetooth, the Activité keeps track of your movement and records metrics for activities like running and even swimming. It monitors sleep quality, too, and features a vibrating alarm that can be used either to gently wake you up or to notify you when you’ve hit a predetermined fitness goal, your progress toward which is displayed on the meter on the watch’s face.
And while most smartwatches have to be charged once a day, the Activité uses a standard coin-cell watch battery you won’t have to replace for eight to 12 months.
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Since it covers your entire torso, there’s an array of built-in tracking capabilities you simply won’t find in a standard tracker that’s stuck to your wrist and can’t tell the difference between a biceps curl and a sip of beer, including fitness level indicators such as VO2 max, resting heart rate, and recovery capacity along with breathing rate and volume, heart rate, heart rate variability—the variation of heart rate upon time and frequency level—and intensity level.
The shirt requires a dongle that you charge every so often between workouts. Once you’ve plugged it into the shirt (the battery can safely sit in your pocket), you’re ready to go. Then, at the end of (or even during) your workout, pull up the accompanying smartphone app to see all your metrics in one place.
You won’t find a barometer more indicative of workout intensity—or conducive to fat loss—than your heart. That’s why we’re thankful for this slick new ticker tracker from Epson that looks like it was stolen from the set of Star Trek.
Without the need for an irritating chest strap, the PS-500 features continuous heart-rate monitoring (that is, until the 36-hour battery runs out) via a sensor that uses light reflected off of red blood cells. As a result, the PS-500 can monitor your workout intensity and then guide you toward the optimal training zone for burning off extra pounds.
And for a quick glance on how you’re performing, the blue and red LED lights below the watch’s main display provide useful real-time information such as if you’re below your fat-burning zone and need to work harder (one light) or if you’re right in the middle of it (three lights)
There’s an undeniable convenience to having your fitness tracker and your workout tunes all in one place.
With the help of Intel’s biometric tracking technology, SMS Audio’s BioSport earbuds track key metrics and then sync automatically with your smartphone as you run, cycle, or lift weights, tracking data like heart rate (through your frickin’ ears!), pace, distance, elevation, and calories burned.
The thick rubber buds fit snugly and stay in place through vigorous workouts, while the tangle-free flat cable gives you enough slack to move around uninhibitedly (Bluetooth buds can’t yet deliver the same audio quality as a hard connection).