Smart Health and Fitness: Bands, Trackers and Watches

While healthcare dominates wearable tech, fitness activity bands, smart wearable bands and smart watches are all at different stages in consumer engagement as the leading latest tech trends influences global companies like Apple, Samsung and Google to expand. These overlapping categories in wearable technology are gaining power and momentum but, what makes these types of wearable tech bands unique?

‘The wearable band market is really about the consumerization of health,’ said Canalys Analyst Daniel Matte ‘There will be exciting innovations that disrupt the medical industry this year, and with the increased awareness about personal wellbeing they will bring to users, having a computer on your wrist will become increasingly common.’ When considering smart bands and fitness tracker bands, here are a couple of things to keep in mind,

Popular Smart band Features and functions: accelerometer, thermometer, altimeter, touch screen, GPS navigation, maps, graphical display, SD cards, rechargeable battery, recording steps, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes,

Popular Fitness Activity Trackers Features and Functions: activity tracker for training, diving, outdoor sports, speed times gps tracking, heart rate and glucose monitoring; record steps, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, hours slept, monitor and store heart rate, galvanic skin response, skin temperature, heat flux, sleep patterns, and movement 

Popular Smart watch Features and Functions: camera, accelerometer, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, chronograph, calculator, cell phone, touch screen, GPS navigation, map display, graphical display, speaker, scheduler, watch, SD cards, rechargeable battery

The three have some overlapping functions in measuring biometrics and simply put, fitness tracker bands and smart bands are fitness specific whereas Smart watches hone in on other features transferring information from your smartphone to a convenient wrist accessory. Given, all categories are worn on the wrist and appearance seems interchangeable between the three forms it only seems fitting that these wrist wearables would leave us a bit confused.