A bed that gently rocks you to sleep. Headphones that help you focus. And a portable running coach.
These and other futuristic devices were on display at the latest Consumer Electronics Show, held last month in Las Vegas. Here’s a closer look at some of the standout health and fitness products we spotted from the show that you can buy now or are headed to the marketplace.
1. A Watch That Measures Blood Pressure
Using an inflatable wristband, the Omron HeartGuide lets you take measurements anytime at home, including while sleeping. That’s a big deal, as blood pressure and heart attack risk often spike at night when medication wears off. The device provides text and email notifications and also tracks sleep quality, steps and pulse. Pending FDA approval, Omron hopes to make the HeartGuide available come fall. No word yet on price. omronhealthcare.com
2. A Smarter Skateboard
Skateboards are a popular solution for “last-mile commuting.” The electric Starkboard lets your body weight control speed and braking. A slight forward lean speeds you up and turns on green lights in the front; a slight lean back illuminates rear red lights as it slows and stops the board. It has a maximum speed of 20 mph and goes 10 miles on one charge. Begins shipping in March. $599, starkmobility.com
3. Connected Bike Helmet
Using “bone-conduction” technology, the Coros Omni Smart pumps your music, phone calls and voice navigation into your cheekbone, keeping the ear canal free to hear ambient noise, as California law requires. The helmet includes a built-in red tail light and microphone, a 10-hour battery life, and a bar-mounted remote to control volume, track forward and pause/play. It also allows you to take calls and automatically text-message alerts to loved ones if you crash. $199, coros.com