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LG Canada jumps into fitness tech at CES


LG Electronics (LG) Canada took the wraps off its Lifeband Touch and LG Heart Rate Earphones, two wearable products that mark the company’s first foray into fitness tech. Unveiled at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, both products incorporate comfortable designs and compatibility with other devices so that monitoring one’s health requires no additional effort beyond strapping on a watch and inserting a pair of headphone earbuds.

Lifeband Touch is a smart activity tracker that incorporates a comfortable design and is compatible with heart rate monitors (HRM) as well as smartphones. Meanwhile, the Heart Rate Earphones’ dual-function design provides a convenient way for users to measure their heart rate while exercising. Both devices are designed to help users take greater control over their health. Both devices can wirelessly link up to each other, creating a seamless wearable ecosystem.

The products provide a touch OLED panel to display time, biometrics, incoming calls and music controls, the built-in 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter allows the device to accurately measure key performance indicators such as distance, speed, number of steps, calories burned and projected pace. All this information is visible with a swipe of a finger on the OLED display. Engineered to be lightweight and simple to use, it incorporates a unique motion-sensing algorithm that automatically turns on the display when the wearer rotates his or her wrist. Lifeband Touch also offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth to transmit data to a smartphone or receive data from third party devices such the Heart Rate Earphones.

LG’s Heart Rate Earphones feature PerformTek sensor technology which measures blood flow signals from the inner part of the ear to capture accurate biometric data such as heart rate and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max). As a continuous heart rate monitoring device, PerformTek has proven accurate during rigorous physical activity. LG employs a flexible ear piece design to make its Heart Rate Earphones more comfortable to use than other similar monitoring devices. A clip-on medallion connected to the earphones provides Bluetooth connectivity, enabling the unit to send data to a smartphone or the Lifeband Touch for a truly seamless experience.