Another year, another CES, brimming with start-ups and household names alike, looking to become the next big tech trend. But who will come out victorious? In the second of a six-part series, we give our verdict on the most awe-inspiring hopefuls of the New Year in the Fitness & Sports category.
The world of technology when it comes to health and fitness gadgets has accelerated hugely in the last few years. As staying fit becomes an increasingly important component in many lives, with new ways of staying in shape and health fads springing up on a weekly basis, interest continues to develop. Consequently, the technological advancements are managing to complement this surge and companies are cashing in on people’s urges in what has become one of the most lucrative industries.
Here, we look at a handful of some of the most innovative and exciting companies and products which will be on display at CES 2016.
DFX Sports & Fitness
- DFX Sports & Fitness (US): The company behind the Powerball Gyro have certainly established themselves in this ‘sphere’. The ball aids athletes and sportsmen in rehabilitation and recovery and can help with repetitive stress injuries. Sports-specific gyro products are what the company knows best and the success of their initial Powerball has enabled them to expand accordingly – without doubt only going to grow further.
- Dietsensor (FR): This product from Airspek will be launching at CES and is one that should generate a considerable amount of interest. It is the first instant nutrition coach with sensors and has already been named a CES 2016 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree. With health and diet technology becoming an increasingly saturated arena, Dietsensor is bringing something truly innovative to the marketplace.
- Beddit (FI): Arguably the best sleep tracker around. In an age where we want to avoid guesswork and have everything measured for us, Beddit fits the bill perfectly. Using some of the smartest technology which remains unobtrusive, it allows you to see how well you slept and drill down into the specifics behind this. For someone who takes their sleep very seriously (as I do) – a must have.
- Mettis trainer (US): An interesting product that appears to be paving the way for the next generation of wearable technology while providing instant feedback for athletes and sportsmen. In looks, it is not too dissimilar from insoles but zeroes in on running technique and helps to prevent injury and aid performance from amateurs through to Olympians.
- Infinadeck (US): This is, for me, the most aesthetically pleasing product on the list. It is the world’s first commercial omnidirectional treadmill adjusting to when users change direction to keep them safely in the centre. It can be used by a variety of sectors from gaming, health, tactical to industrial – a product that is sure to make waves at CES and beyond.
- Shot Tracker (US): This does exactly what it says on the tin; keeps track of your shooting. It’s made up of three components; a wrist sensor, a net sensor and the ShotTracker App and the weather-proof net sensor easily attaches to any net and automatically tracks your shot makes and misses. The old adage of ‘practice makes perfect’ could not ring truer with this product and ensures you receive instant feedback to make practice useful.
- PIQ (FR): A multi-sport sensor which tracks performance which aids sporting performance is always likely to grab people’s attention. Most of us, when it comes to sport, struggle to accept mediocrity and want something to give us that edge – PIQ provides a solution. Golf, tennis and skiing are just three of the sports which can benefit from PIQ as it captures valuable data.
- Skulpt (US): A product recognised in the previous two years by CES as one of the most innovative around, so certainly one not to be taken lightly. Skulpt allows users to instantly and accurately measure body fat percentage and the muscle quality of each muscle. Although popular and something that everyone can use, Skulpt doesn’t seem to have quite dominated the market as their product deserves – 2016 should promise much.
- Turingsense (US): The company are bringing their product Pivot to the wearable sports technology market and can expect to turn heads at CES. It is multi-sensor full-body motion analysis and a first of its kind for the sport of tennis. Helping to monitor players’ whole bodies during the course of their swing and can help prevent injury and to doctor technique to develop performance accordingly.
- Wondermento (US): Put simply, Wondermento make apps and help connect real life to the digital world. Their most notable product is Wonderwoof which is an on-collar bow tie for your dog which allows you to track their daily activity. It’s linked to the app, ensuring you receive updates on your dog’s health and social well-being wherever you may be. Tracking and monitoring devices for humans have become massive and we envisage that Wonderwoof will experience similar growth.
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