The CES electronics show in Las Vegas is where some of the coolest new fitness tech gets introduced. Here are our picks.
Motiv tracker ring
It’s inevitable that unsightly fitness bands will keep on shrinking as the technology gets smaller: presenting the Motiv ring, released at CES this year. A titanium ring with a 3-axis accelerometer and heart rate sensor, it measures steps, activity types, heart rate and sleep duration, and like all trackers, works with a mobile phone app. With a battery life of three to five days, you take it off only occasionally. You can pre-order one for US$199.
AIRE digestive tracker
By Irish company FoodMarble, this is the world’s first personal, portable digestive tracker. It uses breath analysis technology to identify the foods that are compatible or incompatible with your digestive system. The breathalyser-style unit captures the presence of gas from the digestion process in your stomach and looks specifically for the side effects of FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols), which is a class of carbohydrates that’s often poorly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, causing abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. Based on your food compatibility results, an accompanying app then builds a nutritionally balanced eating plan for you. The AIRE device can be pre-ordered for $149.
Kerastase Hair Coach
Yes, you can brush your hair, but do you really know how to brush it properly and how healthy it really is? The Kerastase Hair Coach brush showcased at CES will tell you, with a daily assessment of your hair and brushing advice. Packed with sensors which analyse your hair’s health, the brush can detect everything from dryness to problems with tangling (and shows you how to optimise sebum distribution to avoid tangles). It also coaches you how to brush so that you don’t damage your hair. And since it works with an app, of course it shows you your hair’s health progress over time. Expected to be released around Spring.
Sleep Number Bed
It’s shocking that something on which we spend half our lives — our bed — is so primitive. This is about to change, however, with the arrival of high tech beds such as the Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed. This bed uses sensors to measure your breathing and heart rate, as well as constantly analysing your sleeping position. It then uses “intelligent biometrics” to adjust itself accordingly so you can sleep better, activating foam-filled chambers that reshape the bed around you. The bed may also decide to warm your feet, since this is known to help people sleep. Or, if it detects you’re snoring, it may raise itself at an angle to discourage this. Software updates will ensure its algorithms are always cutting edge. It’s expected to cost $1,000 when it’s available for sale later this year.