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5 Health and Fitness Devices You’ll Want To Purchase Right Away

5 Health and Fitness Devices You’ll Want To Purchase Right Away

Health and Fitness Devices

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.

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,

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,

4. Game-ified Weight Training

Have trouble getting motivated to pump iron? The Black Box outfits you with a virtual reality headset that turns weight lifting into a game via an exhausting, sweaty, exhilarating slugfest with a digital warrior attacking you with glowing energy orbs. Holding the hand straps of a linked cable-resistance VR weight machine, you punch the orbs to vanquish your foe. It’s intense — and coming to Silicon Valley gyms in the fall and the rest of the country soon after.

5. Tennis-ball Fetcher

You need to practice your serve but hate picking up the balls? Enter every tennis player’s dream companion: Tennibot bills itself as the world’s first autonomous tennis ball collector. It’s a camera- and sensor-outfitted Roomba-of-sorts that’ll collect up to 90 balls at a time. The battery lasts four hours. Starting at $900 through the crowd-launch website Indigogo.


About The Author

Maria Sevilla is a Waukesha, WI native. She moved west to study media at UCLA. Her husband is a sports freak, while she prefers mimosas an anywhere her puppy is allowed on the patio. Right now she's writing a romance thriller and excited to attend her next concert!

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