COMEX 2015

Wearables

1: Garmin Forerunner 225
1: Garmin Forerunner 225PHOTOS: GARMIN, JAWBONE, STRIIV, WITHINGS
2: Garmin Forerunner 920XT Tri Bundle
2: Garmin Forerunner 920XT Tri BundlePHOTOS: GARMIN, JAWBONE, STRIIV, WITHINGS
3: Jawbone Up2
3: Jawbone Up2PHOTOS: GARMIN, JAWBONE, STRIIV, WITHINGS
4: Striiv Fusion Lite
4: Striiv Fusion LitePHOTOS: GARMIN, JAWBONE, STRIIV, WITHINGS
5: Withings Activite Pop
5: Withings Activite PopPHOTOS: GARMIN, JAWBONE, STRIIV, WITHINGS

1 Garmin Forerunner 225

$389 (usual price $419)

Booth 6243

A chest strap heart-rate monitor can accurately measure heart rates during workouts, but it can cause discomfort for some. If you are one of them, use Garmin's new Forerunner 225 instead.

It is Garmin's first Global Positioning System (GPS) running watch with a wrist-based heart-rate monitor.

It has an optical sensor that measures your heart rate by shining a light into your skin and measuring the amount of light returned. The device can also capture fitness data when you are running indoors. It is also a fitness tracker that can count your steps and calories burnt.

2 Garmin Forerunner 920XT Tri Bundle

$869

Booth 6243

The Garmin Forerunner 920XT Tri Bundle is a GPS running watch package for triathletes. It consists of Garmin's Forerunner 920XT GPS running watch, as well as the HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim heart rate sensors.

The HRM-Tri is for running, biking or swimming in open water.

It is able to store and send your heart-rate data to 920XT. The HRM-Swim is for pool swims. The 920XT is able to measure your swim distance, pace, stroke type and stroke count.

When used with both the heart-rate sensors, the 920XT can record cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time during your runs. It also has a built-in altimeter for accurate ascent, descent and gradient data, which are useful for bike rides.

3 Jawbone Up2

$179 (usual price $199)

Booths 309, 8101 and 8328

If you are looking for a fitness tracker that can match up to your fashion sense, take a look at the Jawbone Up2.

Designed by famed designer Yves Behar, it looks like a pretty wrist bracelet. It tracks steps, calories burnt, distance travelled, sleep and also whether you have been idle for too long. A flexible band with an adjustable clasp makes it comfortable to wear.

4 Striiv Fusion Lite

$88 (usual price $99)

Booth 8328

The Striiv Fusion Lite catches the eye with its low price. Making its debut at Comex 2015, this wristband-like fitness tracker tracks your daily physical activities, such as steps and calories burnt, and it monitors your sleep as well.

It doubles up as a watch with a touchscreen display, and can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth for call alerts.

5 Withings Activite Pop

$229 (usual price $269)

Booth 8328

Finding it a hassle to wear a watch and a fitness tracker at the same time? Consider the Withings Activite Pop.

It looks like a normal analogue watch, but can track your daily activities and is smart enough to automatically recognise if you are jogging or swimming. It even tracks your sleep cycles.

It has automatic tracking, so you do not need to press a combination of buttons before starting your workout or going to bed.

Fitness data is automatically synced to the Health Mate app (Android or iOS) on your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0. Battery life is rated at eight months.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2015, with the headline 'Wearables'. Print Edition | Subscribe