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As you stroll around the Convention Center at CES you are inundated with digital health and fitness tech applications, wearable tech and other toys. These watches, wrist straps, monitors, scales, headbands are as practical as they are sleek!
I stopped by Valencell who is developing a heart rate monitoring earphone that will track fitness biometrics. Just around the corner, the Spree headband monitors users heart rate, body temperature, distance, time, speed and calories burned, all wirelessly. Fitbit’s wristband will track your activity (steps taken, calories burned, or stairs climbed), and monitor your sleep.
Of course, all of these currently use Bluetooth 4.0 LE to wirelessly sync the data with online apps and certain mobile devices. But imagine removing this extra step. I can’t help but wonder what if, instead of the middle step between the device and the Internet being bluetooth, it all went directly online? With more Wi-Fi and more spectrum it would be possible . I’m willing to be the same thing is on the minds of some of these exhibitors.
These are all true examples of the Internet of Things that is displayed in full force at CES this year. It is the connection (whether by Bluetooth now, or Wi-Fi in the future) of multiple devices and gadgets so they speak to one another and interact with the users. It’s the idea that one day all things will be seamlessly connected to help us all lead smarter, healthier and happier lives. Take a look at the pictures of some of the wearable tech below and check back tomorrow for more on the Internet of Things.