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Top 10 Fitness & Sports Tech Companies to Watch at CES 2016

Top 10 Fitness & Sports Tech Companies to Watch at CES 2016

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

Image: DFX Sports & Fitness

 

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

  • 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

  • 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.

 

Image: Mettis Trainer

Image: Mettis Trainer

 

Mettis trainer

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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-TENNIS

Image: PIQ

 

PIQ

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Enjoy this post? Read more of our series on CES 2016 companies to watch:

Time for a change? Launch of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

On Tuesday evening, Apple unveiled its new selection of products; two new iPhones and a new addition, the Apple Watch. The most notable new feature of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the increased screen size. It will come in two screen sizes, 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus. The camera on both phones has also been improved with a new focusing and exposure system which should improve image quality.

The Apple Watch will enable users to send and receive messages, answer calls and share personalised health information. The watch will come in three versions, the standard, the sport and the luxury.

The reaction to the new iPhone design was predominantly positive with Nate Lanxon the editor of Wired commenting, “The first thing I noticed was that it feels a lot thinner than the 5s and 5c, and its rounded edges suggest you’re holding a very small iPad mini rather than a larger iPhone,”. Many commenters on Twitter noticed that the new iPhone design was a return to the first few generations of the iPhone which featured curved edges. The iPhone 6 is an extremely attractive phone with the curved edges and slimmer profile; it is definitely an improved version compared to the iPhone 5s.

Apple launched the iPhone 6,iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch

The new screen sizes have led to comparisons to other Android phones that have had much larger screens than the iPhone for a while, with some experts calling Apple merely a follower. However, the Guardian’s Charles Arthur said, “Apple could be accused of being a follower: out of ideas, late to the market. But time and again it has shown that its attention to usability can win over customers”. TechCrunch also thought the new screen sizes could help to lure back former Apple customers who switched to Android. Sales in Phablets have increased in the last year so it makes sense for Apple to go down this route. However is bigger always better? The practicalities on a daily basis may make the iPhone 6 Plus less successful than its smaller counterpart.

One of the major improvements to the iPhone 6 is the improved battery life, which has been one of the greatest areas of frustration for the Apple faithful. The iPhone 6 will have 16 hours battery life compared to only 10 hours battery life with the iPhone 5s. Analysts believe this will be one of the big selling points of the iPhone 6. The dependence on your charger is the main quibble most people have with their iPhone and this is definitely a feature which will draw people to the new phones. Despite this improvement, Samsung are still seen to be leading the way with their removable battery, allowing users to carry a spare at all times, and therefore never being out of touch.

The size of the Apple Watch has come under fire, gadget expert Samuel Gobbs said, “The design looks bulky and the cost significantly more than others.” But The Guardian’s Charles Arthur felt he easily forgot he was wearing it and that it was not significantly larger than a normal watch. The design of the Apple Watch by my eyes does look a little large and it would need to more slim line for me to consider buying it. Another issue is the price; at $349 a pop, they aren’t cheap (UK price is still to be confirmed). This device is very futuristic and I can imagine gadget lovers really going for this product. However, the average consumer may see it as a little unnecessary and apart from the new Health app, there aren’t any unique features compared to the iPhone.

In spite of this, the Apple Watch is the first new product that Apple have released since the iPad and I’m sure that thousands of fans will be camped out on Regent Street and outside other stores across the country to be one of the very first to take a bite out of the shiny new Apple.