Written by Oryx
From the fitness crazed to those just wanting to monitor themselves, there is no shortage of exciting health tools on the market, and on the horizon!
Thync Calm Kit
Unveiled at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA, Thync’s Calm Kit delivers small electrical pulses to the brain via a companion app to help control your emotions by either calming or energising. A tiny triangular component curves to fit your temple and a second electrode sits behind the ear. The intensity is controlled by the app, theoretically enhancing activity related to the sympathetic nervous system and suppressing activity related to the parasympathetic one. Expected to be released this year.
Mio Alpha 2
The Mio Alpha 2 incorporates not only the company’s patented optical heart-rate monitor, but also an internal accelerometer to measure pace, speed, and distance. This allows users to run without relying on a smartphone to track these metrics and, in a much appreciated feature, the Alpha 2 can act as a connected heart rate monitor for other exercise apps, allowing use of whatever running or workout app you choose.
Misfit Swarovski Shine
A leader in wearable activity trackers, Misfit has sought to heighten its style in a new partnership with famed crystal maker Swarovski, unveiling the Swarovski Shine collection of activity and sleep-tracking devices. Comprising two waterproof devices and nine accessories, the collection includes a clear Swarovski Shine with a brilliant crystal face and a violet Swarovski Shine that uses a patented ‘energy crystal’ solar-charging technology, ensuring it never needs to be charged as long as it gets adequate light.
Placing everything at a bike rider’s fingertips, COBI involves a mounted front piece on the handlebars that doubles as a light – just slot your smartphone into the attached cradle. A Bluetooth-connected thumb controller offers easy phone access to adjust music, pull up incoming messages, and interact with directions. And, as hybrid motorised bikes increase in popularity, e-bikes will be supported.