On this year’s CES, LG announced that it would start making fitness wearables. LG’s first products in this category are the Heart Rate Earphones and the Lifeband Touch wrist-band. These devices connect to each other, and they can also connect to Android & iOS smartphones that are running fitness apps. LG has its own app called LG Fitness, and you can also use apps like Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal, and MapMyFitness with the Heart Rate Earphones and the Lifeband Touch. Both the Heart Rate Earphones and the Lifeband Touch are scheduled to be released in the US on May 18th, 2014, and the price has not been announced yet.
The Lifeband Touch has a 0.9 inch OLED display which shows time, biometric data, notifications, and music controls. The band has a built-in accelerometer and altimeter which measure number of steps taken, calories burned, distance covered, speed, and other data. The screen is programmed to turn off when you turn your wrist. The wristband is Lightweight and simple to use. Its available in three sizes, M, L, and XL. Different sizes have different weights and lengths.
The LG Heart Rate Earphones have PerformTek sensor technology built into them which allows them to measure vital signs like your heart rate and even measure maximal oxygen consumption through your ears. Since blood flows through your head, they can measure the blood flow into the external part of your ear to get this information.
LG has used a flexible ear piece design to make it fit in your ears comfortably. There’s also a clip-on Bluetooth device that handles the flow of data between your Lifeband Touch, smartphone, and the earphones.
The Lifeband Touch is supposed to run five days after being charged and has a 90 mAh battery. The Heart Rate Earphones have a 200 mAh battery and the play time has not been specified yet.