This toothbrush feels amazing in your hand, has a pretty cool / new head. I would be happy to buy one for $20.
They want $199.
So does it connect to your smartphone to collect data about your brushing? Remind you to brush? Alert you of cavities or “gingivitis”?
No, It does not.
I’m a big fan of wearables. HUGE fan actually. So naturally, I have high expectations. My criteria for the success of a wearable is:
IF IT WASN’T ELECTRONIC, WOULD YOU STILL WANT TO WEAR IT?
Not many have passed this test. The Withings Activité passes with flying colors.
(Now, when I say that I mean for a man– a man should totally wear this. The form factor is still a bit big for my wrist, but for lack of alternatives, I’d sure love the brown one. )
So why is it a “wearable?” It looks just like a watch. Well, it’s actually a watch. And a fitness tracker. The tiny blue hand is a gauge from 0 – 100 percent that tracks your step and sleep goals each day.
SUBTLE. SIMPLE. ELEGANT.
It syncs with your phone and gives you all the internet-tracker goodies of all the other bands.
I’m so excited about the integration of personal data into our lives in a beautiful way. Not only does this product eco my graduate thesis, but it’s truly something that I want for all technology that is worn or brought into our homes.
Now go make more designs, Withings! Us ladies have a lot of outfits to match!
This product utilizes ubiquitous sensors – literally all over the home – to act as an alternative to senior care. For example, a sensor placed in the bed alerts a loved one when the senior is sleeping abnormally.
Part invasive, part telling. This is a system that must require a serious talk with the person whom it is for, and trial to see if the system could actually help them. (Are seniors really THAT habitual?) I did enjoy their only active sensor – the Nonna button (I worked on a similar project called The Done Button) because it gave the senior a sense of control over the system, small as it may be.
The thing about a heart rate monitor, especially on the wrist, is that it has to make good contact with your skin – no dangly bangle bracelets allowed. The thing I like about this new product is the design of the band. It’s comfy, and that means you’ll wear it. This one is for in-workout stats, and suggests warm-up / cool down times as well as recording workout intensity.
In the “Battle of the Bands” competition, contestants had 5 min to convince the audience that their fitness product was superior. Here’s a quick summary:
A very nice and very capable health watch, they care more about the everyday person than the avid gym goer. It’s the fitness watch for the fit and unfit alike. I had the chance to play with one at CES in january and was pleased with the quality, however a bit large for my small wrist.
An ecosystem rather than just a band, GOQii is a service that pairs you with an online personal trainer who gives you advice about healthy habits based on your use of the GOQii wearable band. The band comes free with a service subscription. The audience was skeptical of the abilities of the company to pair each customer with an appropriate and well certified trainer. If the company manages a high level of quality, this may be a way to help consumers to keep using wearables!
Skulpt identifies muscle quality which is a better indicator of fitness than tracking weight. It’s a portable connected device that brings this type of experience home (or to your gym bag).
These guys claim they can sense calorie intake (yes, I said calorie INTAKE) with their fitness band. A pleasantly playful presentation and a clear message of abilities, this seems to be revolutionary. But could it work?
Healbe won by a landslide for a professional and entertaining presentation. I’m skeptical of it’s accuracy, but I made sure to take a selfie with presenter Georgy because I’m so hopeful for it’s success.