CES 2016

It’s been fun again to watch all the announcements coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. In addition to all the regular TV and automobile announcements, this year has already seen a lot of health and fitness related news. My favorite fitness gadget site, DCRainmaker, is at CES this year, and has been following many of the announcements.

I won’t parrot what he’s posted, but I’ll call out a couple of the more interesting items I’ve seen. The first being a revised version of the Garmin Fenix 3 GPS watch. I’ve had my eye on this watch for a while as a potential GPS watch for longer races. The revised version now comes with new tech that has been showing up a lot lately, a heart rate monitor on the backside of the watch. This is a nice bonus, as you don’t need to put a strap around your chest, however on the downside it means you get less battery life. One of the things that I look at in watches like the Fenix 3 is battery life. The idea of losing 4 hours of battery life just to get an easier HRM means I’m not their target market.

Another device that’s been unveiled is Garmin’s answer to Google Glass for cyclists the Varia Vision. This device adds a heads-up display to your cycling glasses with information from your Garmin Edge device so that you don’t need to look down at the device on your handlebars. It also has some radar aspects to help keep you safe from passing cars, which is a huge deal for people who cycle in city environments.

Of course smart-scales are big again this year, and Polar released a new one that integrates with their ecosystem. I’ve owned a wireless scale for a while now, and for the most part I don’t need to think about it. I step on it each morning and it just works. I’m not using it to it’s full potential like I could with the Withings apps, but it weighs me each morning which is what I need.

There’s still plenty more this week coming from CES so maybe there will be more to come for fitness gadget geeks like myself.

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