Focus on fitness technology: CTV Tech Talk


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This month on CTV Tech Talk we looked at gadgets that can help you get fit.

Fitbit Ionic smart watch

I quite like the size and design of the new Ionic. It’s a little more fashion forward and trendy than the previous Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch, which was boxy, angular and looked rather dated, in my opinion. I think the screen on the Ionic fits better with the integrated band and looks sleeker and more modern. Bottom line, this watch looks like a watch, not like a fitness device masquerading as a timepiece.

Not only can it track your steps, movement and activity, plus heart rate, but it lets you receive smart alerts from your phone too. You’ll always know when calls, texts or calendar appointments pop up, eve if your phone isn’t nearby. Plus, the watch holds 300 songs so you can keep music with you and ditch your phone.

Want to know more about the Fitbit Ionic? The full review is here.

Apple Watch

If you want to go up a step, the fully integrated Apple Watch lets you receive those same alerts, but you can also respond to them. You can make and receive phone calls right from your wrist, reply to messages, and of course there’s the full power or Apple’s Health app too which tracks fitness and activity too. With the number of apps that integrate with the watch, you can leave your phone at home. (And since you can connect it to cellular services, it’s now possible to leave the house without needing your phone. Perfect for long runs and rides).

Fitbit Flyer headphones

Since music helps motivate us, a good pair of headphones is essential. The Flyer semi-wireless headphones pair with the Fitbit Ionic  and provide great quality sound and a perfect fit thanks to a variety of ear bud tips, fins and wings. Read the review here.Jabra Elite Sport truly wireless headphones review

Fitbit Aria 2 scale

When you need to keep track of your stats, the Fitbit Aria 2 smart wireless scale does it automatically.  Just step on the sleek and modern looking scale, and the sensors track your weight, body fat percentage and BMI, then send it all to your private Fitbit app account.

The Aria 2 will track different members of the whole family, know who you are automatically, and keep everyone’s data private. Full review coming soon.

Jabra Elite Sport headphones

Jabra Elite Sport headphones come in a compact package with plenty of eartip and wing options (3 sizes of EarWings, 3 sizes of silicone EarGels, and 3 sizes of FoamTips) plus there’s a handy, durable charging and storage case. Also in the package a power cable for recharging. They’ve also got built in coaching and they can track your heart rate too.

Read the full review here.

Google Pixel Buds

Google has been dominating the market with launches of many products in the last year. From Google Home, the smart digital assistant, to their PixelBook Chromebook laptop, and of course the Pixel2 Android smartphone, Google is trying to integrate itself into every aspect of your life.

When the Pixel2 smartphone launched it was revealed it had no aux jack for headphones, so naturally, Google needed a pair of headphones that would fill the gap. Pixel Buds are Google’s semi-wireless headphones. They are small, in-ear headphones that are connected to each other with a single small neckband wire. They connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, providing a hassle and tangle-free wireless option. I had a chance to spend several weeks with Pixel Buds, testing them with with both Android and Apple devices. Read more about my experience here.

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