Many believe that healthy wearable tech is the wave of the future and LG definitely wants its piece of the pie granola bar. Today, the South Korean electronics maker announced its new Heart Rate Earphones and Lifeband Touch fitness band. While the former reminds us of a recent internet fib, we assure you that it’s the real deal. LG’s new earphones are designed to do more than crank out tunes during your spin class. These over-the-ear buds are loaded with sensors that track your heart rate by measuring blood flow signals in your ears. They can be used with a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth, however LG would prefer that you use them with its Lifeband Touch.
Speaking of LG’s new fitness band, it comes off as a cross between Samsung’s Gear Fit and Nike’s defunct Fuelband. Activated with a flick of the wrist, it features a 0.9-inch OLED display, a 90mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and a triple-axis accelerometer and altimeter. The Lifeband Touch is compatible with Android and iOS devices and also works in concert with a bevy of third-party software like MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, along with LG’s own in-house fitness app.
This pair of health-focused hardware will be available in the US on May 18th with pricing details set to be announced in the days ahead. While we don’t know how much they’ll cost, we do know that they’ll soon have a fancy new smartphone and smartwatch as optional accessories.
LG ENTERS FITNESS WEARABLE MARKET
WITH LIFEBAND TOUCH AND HEART RATE EARPHONESLG Wearable Devices Deliver Superior Performance and Comfort with Looks to Match
SEOUL, May 13, 2014 ― With an eye on showing consumers that accuracy and comfort should not have to be sacrificed for good looks, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce its first fitness wearable devices to consumers starting this month. LG Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones offer practical features and the most accurate data collection and analysis currently available, making it easier for wearers to take control of their health. Both devicescan be wirelessly connected to most of today’s popular smartphones to create a full-featured wearable ecosystem.LG Lifeband Touch features a bright, full-touch OLED display that provides easy, real-time access to a full range of fitness data so wearers can track their progress and adjust their workout plans accordingly. Lightweight and simple to use, a unique motion-sensing algorithm automatically turns on the display when wearers rotate their wrists. LG Lifeband Touch features two sensors ― a triple-axis accelerometer and an altimeter ― that work together to provide the most accurate data in real time. What’s more, LG Lifeband Touch enables users to check incoming calls and messages and control their music playlists on their smartphones, keeping wearers connected while delivering an uninterrupted workout experience.
LG Lifeband Touch is compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems and is designed to work with the LG Fitness app as well as popular fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper and MapMyFitness. The long-lasting -90mAh battery is good for five days of use between charges. And unlike other wearable fitness devices that are designed to be “one size fits all,” LG Lifeband Touch is available in three different sizes for the most comfortable fit possible.
LG’s Heart Rate Earphones are designed to provide accurate heart rate data by measuring blood flow signals in the earvia PerformTek sensor technology while also delivering excellent sound. Because of the unique physiology of the ear, wearers can get more accurate health and fitness metrics with LG’s Heart Rate Earphones than with other devices, especially when engaged in physical activity. LG Heart Rate Earphones can be used alone or with LG Lifeband Touch. A separate clip-on medallion contains Bluetooth connectivity which sends data to the Lifeband Touch or a compatible smartphone. When using the LG Fitness App, users can also receive audible status updates informing them of their heart rate and VO2 max (maximal oxygen consumption) levels in real time.
Following its launch in the United States on May 18, LG Lifeband Touch will be rolled out in key markets in Asia and Europe in the days and weeks ahead. Additional details of LG’s new wearable devices will be announced locally when they become available.