Making the right decisions

Making the right decisions

January 23, 2015

Top gadgets of 2015

Top gadgets of 2015 - Image Credit: Thinkstock/iStock

Fitness gadgets are a lucrative business, with new ones popping up practically every week. These devices have changed the way many people exercise and monitor their progress. In fact, for the enthusiastic and competitive runner it can be a matter of making sure you have the latest product to show your friends.

But with some being fairly expensive, what will actually aid your workout, boost your Health Score and be popular throughout 2015?

Jawbone Up Move (connectable on dacadoo)

The Jawbone Up Move is a comprehensive, lightweight device that allows users to track their activity, steps and sleep using an accelerometer. With each battery lasting around six months, and coming at an affordable price for fitness gadgets, the Jawbone Up Move is becoming highly popular with fitness users. It’s also water resistance and has a handy LED display to show your progress and can give you tips on how to improve your performance.

The only drawback with this device is that it may not have the sleek and high-end look that people are looking to show off to their friends, but it also comes without the high-end price tag, making it ideal for the beginner.

Fitbit Charge (connectable on dacadoo)

One big bonus of the Fitbit Charge is that it is rechargeable from any standard USB charger using a magnetic cable. The chunky wristband is able to do the standard fitness tracker abilities such as counting activity, steps, calories burned and hours slept. For people that like novel things that aren’t really too useful but pretty cool, the Fitbit Charge also has a silent vibrating alarm for waking you up.

Its small screen can be switched on by a small button on the side, and can show the time and fitness stats, while it can also display caller ID notifications if you sync it with your smartphone. The Fitbit Charge is compatible with Android, iPhone and Windows Phone and can hook you straight up to dacadoo.

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale (connectable on dacadoo)

These are the Prada of scales, and will be a welcome addition to any fitness enthusiast’s bathroom. These wireless smart scales obviously tell you your weight but also inform you of your BMI and body fat percentage, and that of your friends and family who can also store their data.

However, the best thing about the dacadoo health platform is that – if you don’t want to – all you need is your smartphone and the motivation to get our there and move. The dacadoo app allows you to work out from anywhere, with new devices like the iPhone 5S or Samsung Galaxy that have serially built in stepcounter chip, meaning it can directly feed into your smartphone.

Garmin Fenix 2 GPS

At the top end of many people’s budgets, the Garmin Fenix 2 GPS is reserved strictly for fitness enthusiasts that want to make a commitment to their long-term health. The robust gadget is incredible, using GPS to track a whole host of activities and is suitable for most sports from skiing to swimming and everything in between. Its sporty look is rugged and waterproof, but also has a sleek element, making it completely reasonable to wear to the office.

The Garmin Fenix 2 GPS can send you notifications for emails, texts, calls, while it can also monitor your sleep.

Sony Smartband Talk

The Sony Smartband Talk is a mix of smartwatch and fitness band, allowing you to keep track of your steps and calories burned, but unlike some it doesn’t monitor your sleep. It can connect directly to Android smartphones, or you can download the Lifelog app to keep your fitness logged and can also monitor the music you listen to, who you rang and other stuff.

Being part smartwatch, you can use it to make phone calls and its built-in microphone allows you to have a conversation without the band being right next to your face. It’s also waterproof for 1.5m for 30 minutes, meaning it’s not really ideal for those who want to track their swimming but should be OK for other water sports. Unlike some other, less expensive fitness gadgets, it only lasts for three days between charges.