CES 2014: LG unveils LG Lifeband Touch wristband and LG Heart Rate Earphones

LG Lifeband Touch

Along with unveiling a new TV lineup, including models powered by webOS, and announcing that the LG G Flex was coming to the U.S. early this year, LG also jumped into the fitness market with the LG Lifeband Touch and LG Heart Rate Earphones.

The LG Liveband Touch is an activity tracker that incorporates a 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter to measure performance indicators such as distance, speed, number of steps, calories consumed and projected pace. A touch OLED panel can display information such as the time, biometrics and incoming calls as well as music controls. Its asymmetric and flexible design is supposed to offer “greater comfort and style than other wearable fitness wristbands.”

The LG Heart Rate Earphones come with PerformTek sensor technology to measure biometric data such as heart rate and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) by measuring blood flow signals from the auricle, the external part of the ear.

The LG Liveband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones can wirelessly connect to each other via Bluetooth as well as Android and iOS devices. Data can be transmitted from both to the LG Fitness app as well as third party apps such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper or MapMyFitness.

“We wanted to introduce wearable fitness products that met the expectations of today’s tech savvy consumers and brought something new to the table, which in our case meant exceptional design, comfort and functionality,” said Jim Clayton, executive vice president of LG’s New Business Division in the Home Entertainment Company. “The uniqueness of our wearable devices is that they weren’t just designed for exercise butalso for day-to-day use in the office or around the home. With Lifeband Touch, you can get call and text notifications sent from your smartphone while the Heart Rate Earphones are perfectly happy playing back music all day even when you’re not exercising. These are much more than just fitness devices.”

LG will launch the Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones in the U.S. in the first half of the year. Other markets, presumably including Canada, will be added later. Pricing was not announced today.

Source : LG