Atlanta-based tech writer Rick Limpert shares some of his top gadget and tech gift picks for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. February also happens to be American Heart Month, so these gifts also double as being heathy and good for your heart. These devices allow users to make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.
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Combine a new app with accessories like a Heart Rate Belt and you have the Sports Tracker platform. An award-winning application and online service developed by a passionate team of mobile experts and outdoor enthusiasts – as well as by users worldwide in more than 200 countries. At CES in January, Sports Tracker had three Olympic Gold Medal winners in Brianna Rollins (Hurdles), David Boudia (Diving) and Kaitlyn Farrington (Snowboarding) there to demo the product. The app uses your phone’s internal GPS to track your route, time, distance and speed. It’s not just for running or walking, but also while playing or participating in dozens of sports and activities. Put your phone in your pocket, armband or bike-mount, and add the Sports Tracker Heart Rate belt so you’re ready to hit the road to collect and share data. Heart Rate belt is $85 and the app is free.
Kardia Mobile is FDA-approved fingertip sensor device that attaches to your cellphone, and EKG readings can be sent instantly to both physicians and loved ones. With Heart Healthy Month and Valentine’s Day approaching, this could help prevent a heart-related emergency. Most people are touched in some way by heart disease, and a story on Kardia Mobile could offer a great opportunity to help inform them about the importance and ease of getting a mobile EKG reading. Smaller than a credit card, Kardia allows you to capture a medical-grade EKG in just 30-seconds from anywhere, anytime. All for $99.
Accurately measure body composition and health data with the Koogeek Smart Health Scale. With four sensors and BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) technology, Koogeek Smart Health Scale accurately measures your weight, BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat mass, lean mass, bone mass, total body water, BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and visceral fat. All measurements easily automatically sync and upload to the Koogeek app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0. Koogeek has designed this scale with a polished ITO tempered glass surface and a blue LED display, the scale is durable for everyday use. In addition, special oval corners protect the safety of both you and your family. A great buy for about $40.
FitNLife is a leading innovator in wearable technologies for the health & fitness industry and has announced its new stylish line of fitness trackers at CES 2017. The Bands” are a series of fashionable fitness wrist bands that combine luxurious style with the world’s most accurate fitness data tracking to monitor everything you do during a day. The fitness wristbands are available in three styles; Luxury Waprolux Leather, Leather and Silicon. The Silicone Band is great for that sporty look, the Leather Band is casual, fashionable, and office appropriate and the Luxury Leather Band adds a touch of class to any outfit.
The Silicone Band is available for $99.99, the Leather band is $119.99 and the Luxury Waprloux is $149.99. The contents included in the box are the Band, charging cradle and USB cable. The Bands are currently available on the FitNLife website.
Everyone has aches and pains, so there is Quell. Quell is an over-the-counter wearable therapeutic band for chronic pain. This is fully integrated into a digital health platform that helps patients optimize their therapy and decrease the impact of chronic pain on their quality of life. The company maintains an active research effort and has several pipeline programs, including a therapeutic device for restless leg syndrome. Quell is based in Waltham, Massachusetts and was founded as a spin-off from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1996.
Exercise while enjoying your music with the Monster Firecracker Bluetooth Speaker. With three high-performance three internal speaker drivers, the rugged, compact Firecracker features a intelligibility mic for use as a speakerphone, a powerful built-in flashlight, plus a lightweight, easy-to-carry carabiner clip and lanyard tote rain-or-shine weatherproof enclosure. Available now. The Firecracker has a long 25+ hour play life and features a USB charging port for your smartphone. The built-in super-bright 7-hour flashlight delivers 500 Lumens so you never get left in the dark. Notably, the splashproof built-in photo lite, at 5000º Kelvin, provides a natural light source for stunning photographs and is ideal for use with phone cameras. There are no more excuses with the Monster Firecracker. At a price of $99.
Huawei Fit, the latest fitness tracking device from Huawei, a global
consumer electronics brand known for superior smartphone design. This is an attractive smart tracking watch that monitors your activity and sleep. Heart rate measurements are taken every 10 minutes, multi-sport modes including cycling and treadmill workouts are offered as well as custom running plans and training guidance from FirstBeat®. It’s waterproof and gives alerts for apps, calls, and texts. Battery life is up to six days, but the Fit charges quickly. This is a fitness watch that does it all. Retail price is $129.99.
Golf is a great way to get outside and get exercise and Shot Scope is making golf more fun and helping you work on your game. Shot Scope is the first fully automated performance tracking system in the industry. The product made its debut on the European Tour last year and it make a big splash at January’s PGA Merchandise Show. Just screw the included tags into your clubs before your first round and make sure your band is charged. Set up your account online and you’re ready to go. The comfortable wristband is suitable for both right and left-handed golfers and adjusts to 11 wrist-sizes. The system also includes 20 unique tags which will fit each club and weigh only 1.2 grams each. It’s easy and legal as Shot Scope has been ruled as conforming to the Rules of Golf and can be used in competitive play. The system has been used at all levels, including by the pros. Great golf technology for $220.
Heart Healthy Notes: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, African American men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the United States, are at the highest risk for heart disease. Additionally, more than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. That’s why this February during American Heart Month, Million Hearts® is encouraging African American men and everyone to take charge of their health and start one new, heart-healthy behavior that can help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. That would make a great Valentine’s Day for all.
Rick also wrote another great technology gift guide for us, if you are still looking for more gift ideas! We also have a shop local gift guide too from the holidays that applies for Valentine’s Day too.
ScoopOTP contributor, Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer that covers the intersection of sports and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell, hear him on Radio 105.7 with Sully and check out his new gadget and tech website at WirelessWednesday.live.