News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday January 08, 2014.
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CES 2014 has predictably been a launch point for many wearable technology, particularly smart watches and bands. One of the standouts of the many options on display here is the LG Life Band Touch, a fitness bracelet that monitors your health and interacts with your connected devices.
The Life Band Touch looks like a product LG showcased but never revealed last year. However, it stands out from the other smart accessories on the market. While most fitness trackers follow the same path of wraparound pieces of rubber with sensors and buttons plotted in different areas, the Life Band Touch is brighter and more solid. A touch-enabled OLED display gives the Life Band a look that will draw more comparisons to Nike Fuelband that it will to a Fitbit. It also means that users can clearly see their pace and time, get incoming call notifications, control music, and use a companion earphone that can monitor heart rate.
There's no tight lock mechanism on the Life Band, so the band simply curves around the wrist and rests securely because it has only a small opening if someone wishes to release a latch and take it off. LG explained to us that the company selected this build because it wants people to never feel the need to take off the Life Band, something that isn't always true of its competitors. I tried on the watch for a few minutes and it felt comfortable enough to use through long periods of time, but it would take a long period of time to truly validate those claims. For what it's worth, the multiple sizes available - medium, large, and extra-large - feel as if they could fit most people in a comfortable range.
Here's a look at the LG Life Band Touch, launching in spring, and the companion Android and smart TV apps.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.