Wearables seemed to be one of the big themes for CES 2014 with a plethora of devices being unveiled. Seems every man and his pug is releasing something. The LG LIfeband Touch was one of the more interesting wearables that caught my eye because of its fitness tracking as well as additional handy features such as being able to view incoming phone calls and monitor your heart beat (via headphone earbuds).
From the very first glimpse of the LG Lifeband Touch, I thought it looked too feminine with the glossy OLED panel making it look like a bangle. But after watching some of the CES 2014 hands-on videos and how it clamps onto the wrist to end up in an oval shape, it definitely feels less feminine. In fact, I’d wear one! (thanks in advance LG 😉 ).
As Good As Fitbit Force?
For those who’ve been following this blog and my tweets (@mr_gadget), you’ll know that I’ve come to love the Fitbit Force due to its minimalist build, easy-to-use and helpful app, as well as the growing community of Fitbit users (now including my wife, Dad and little brother). I loved the fact that I could view my steps and other fitness details real-time on my wrist. One of my suggestions for improvement for the Fitbit Force is covered with the LG Lifeband Touch : to also monitor heart beats. Personally, I don’t use earphones while jogging / running so this isn’t the best solution for me, but at least LG can track it!
There’s no exact date for when the LG Lifeband Touch will be available but LG confirmed that it will be this year. Looking forward to it!
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Main features of the LG Lifeband Touch
- OLED touch-screen display
- Wireless syncing with LG fitness app
- 3-Axis accelerometer
- Music control
- Phone compatibility
LG Lifeband Touch Press Release
Las Vegas, January 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) globally announced today that they have unveiled the LG Lifeband Touch and LG Heart Rate Earphones, two wearable products that mark the company’s first foray into fitness tech, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Both products incorporate comfortable designs and compatibility with other devices so that monitoring health can be as easy as strapping on a watch and putting on a pair of headphones.
Availability of these new products for the Australian market is not yet known, but more details are expected to be given in the near future.
Lifeband Touch is a smart activity tracker that incorporates a bold yet comfortable design and is compatible with certain heart rate monitors (HRM) as well as smartphones. Meanwhile, the innovative Heart Rate Earphones’ unique dual-function design offers a convenient way for users to measure their heart rate while exercising. Both devices are designed to help users take greater control over their health. Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones can wirelessly link up to each other, creating a near seamless wearable ecosystem. Connected to smartphones (Android and iOS supported), the devices can transmit data to the intuitive, easy-to-use LG Fitness app, or to a number of other third party apps such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper or MapMyFitness.
Lifeband Touch was designed to be asymmetrical and flexible, providing greater comfort and style than some other wearable fitness wristbands. Featuring a touch OLED panel to display time, biometrics, incoming calls and music controls, the built-in 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter allows the device to accurately measure key performance indicators such as distance, speed, number of steps, calories consumed and projected pace. All this information is visible with a swipe of a finger on the OLED display. Engineered to be lightweight and simple to use, it incorporates a unique motion-sensing algorithm that automatically turns on the display when the wearer rotates his or her wrist. Lifeband Touch also offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth® to transmit data to a smartphone or receive data from third party devices such the Heart Rate Earphones.
LG’s Heart Rate Earphones feature PerformTek® sensor technology which measures blood flow signals from the inner part of the ear to capture biometric data such as heart rate and oxygen consumption. LG also employs a flexible ear piece designed to make its Heart Rate Earphones more comfortable to use. A clip-on medallion connected to the earphones provides Bluetooth® connectivity, enabling the unit to send data to a smartphone or the Lifeband Touch.
“We wanted to introduce wearable fitness products that met the expectations of today’s tech savvy consumers and brought something new to the table, which in our case meant exceptional design, comfort and functionality.” said Lambro Skropidis, General Manager Marketing at LG Australia. “The uniqueness of our wearable devices is that they weren’t just designed for exercise but also for day-to-day use in the office or around the home. With Lifeband Touch, you can get call and text notifications sent from your smartphone while the Heart Rate Earphones are perfectly happy playing back music even when you’re not exercising. These are much more than just fitness devices.”
Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones will be available starting in the United States in the first half of 2014, to be followed by rollouts in other markets. Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from 7 January through 10 January will be able to see and experience LG’s newest wearable devices for themselves.
Via LG Website